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Shipping containers being used for new retail and restaurant complex in Phoenix

Posted: 8:17 PM, Jun 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-08 10:54:45-04

Stacked high at the corner of First Street and Garfield in downtown Phoenix, 19 shipping containers are strategically placed. The containers themselves were shipped to Phoenix from San Jose, California for the project. 

"I've wanted to make downtown Phoenix a cool space for people to come and hang out," said Kell Duncan, one of the entrepreneurs behind the project.

Duncan and his business partner, Hartley Rodie, are the guys behind The Churchill; a small community of ten shops, restaurants, and breweries that will do business right from the 19 containers. Each of the businesses is hand-picked by the two friends.  

"It took us longer that way, but I think it paid off for us," said Duncan.

In the shadow of cranes and traditional construction in the area, Duncan and Rodie decided the 14,000 square-foot lot in downtown Phoenix was the best place build.

"My partner and I really believe in downtown Phoenix and the growth that it's seeing," said Rodie.

The containers are stacked around a 7,500 square-foot courtyard that will have tables, chairs, and trees. There's also an extensive cooling system above the courtyard to keep guests in the open-air yard comfortable. Two massive fans will also be installed.

The two friends never thought they'd open a business like this. 

"Everyday Kell and I walk in here, and we are just giddy," said Rodie. "We are just really excited to share this with people, and we think that it's going to be something really unique and special."

The Churchill is expected to open later this summer.