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The Business Community Thrives in Sandy

Josh McFadden

October 1, 2011

The current economic climate may still be uncertain, but continued growth is creating plenty of optimism and excitement for Sandy business owners.

With a prime location, supportive public officials and visionary business leaders, Sandy is an ideal place to set up shop. It’s also an attractive place for shopping, eating, entertainment and recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors alike.

“Sandy is the gateway to fun,” says Alan Rindlisbacher, Layton Construction Company director of corporate marketing.

With its corporate headquarters based in Sandy, Layton Construction has been a member of the Sandy business community since the mid-1990s. Since that time, Rindlisbacher and his Layton Construction colleagues have seen steady growth in the company and in the Sandy area as a whole.

Rindlisbacher is particularly pleased to be a part of a company that has had a large hand in Sandy’s growth. Layton was contracted for the construction of Sandy’s own Rio Tinto Stadium, as well as Sandy’s City Hall, the South Towne Exposition Center, and development in and around South Towne Mall.

“It’s nice to be able to go across the street and build,” Rindlisbacher says. “We hope the Sandy business community has recognized us as a symbol of growth and prosperity.”

Growth Spurt
It wasn’t all that long ago that Sandy was on the outer edge of developed Salt Lake County. But with the population boom to the south end of the county in communities such as Draper, Herriman, Bluffdale, Riverton and South Jordan, Sandy has in recent years become the center of the Salt Lake Valley’s commercial and retail activity.

“When we first got [to Sandy], people thought, ‘where are we?’” Rindlisbacher says. “Now, we’re right in the center of everything.”

Another Sandy business owner cites the central location of Sandy as a major factor in his company’s success. Hersh Ipaktchian is the president, CEO and founder of Iggy’s Sports Grill. With nine locations in Utah from Ogden to St. George, Iggy’s opened up in Sandy in 2004, and Ipaktchian says the Sandy restaurant, located at 10631 South Holiday Park Drive, is one of the most successful.

“We do extremely well,” he says. “We came to Sandy because we found the mayor and city staff very welcoming. They are cooperative with new businesses and helped with all the permits and paperwork…Sandy is always one of the best locations.”

Ipaktchian says his Iggy’s restaurant in Sandy is ideally situated by Interstate 15 and close by five hotels and 16 car dealerships. The South Towne Mall is also nearby, ensuring both good lunch and dinner crowds. He adds that the establishment is the perfect atmosphere for a sports grill and that the annual March Madness NCAA mens basketball tournament is the biggest month of the year.

Strategic Planning
Ipaktchian also speaks highly of the local Sandy government. “City officials have been extremely accommodating and supportive,” he says. “It makes for a good marriage.”

Rindlisbacher agrees. He says local government support, along with the visionary planning of city leaders and decision-makers, has made and continues to make Sandy a wonderful place to do business and to live and visit.

“Businesses are made to feel welcome by city officials. There’s a stable city council and a forward-thinking mayor,” he says. “Sandy City has been very aggressive in its approach to development. There has to be forward-thinking developers and political leaders that have a vision for the future.”

Another Sandy business, Del Sol, also credits much of its success to the positive relationship that exists between Sandy City leaders and the local business community.

“Sandy City has been wonderful to work with,” says Scott Brady, Del Sol associate vice president of communication. “They’ve spoken highly of us. They’ve been supportive. They’re great people.”

Del Sol specializes in making products such as shirts, hats and nail polish that change color in the sun. It has stores in 24 countries, and has been headquartered in Sandy since 2000.

The company was originally located in Provo, but had grown too large for its operations there. Brady says coming to Sandy was the perfect move and that the company has since seen tremendous growth.

“Sandy City is attractive to a growing business,” he says. “We found a good space. We like the cleanliness and that Sandy is on the rise. It’s been an energizing and exciting place to do business.”

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