DescriptionChandler was founded by Dr. Alexander J. Chandler, a veterinary surgeon who bought 80 acres of land in the Salt River Valley in 1891 and created a series of canals. By 1900 his ranch covered 18,000 acres; in 1912, Chandler sold $50,000 worth of land to 300 speculators and the city was born. In the beginning, Chandler's chief industry was agriculture; alfalfa, cotton and grain were common crops. Today agriculture, while still in the picture, takes a back seat to manufacturing and electronics.
With their restored facades and colonnades, buildings in historic downtown Chandler add to the area's original character, giving it a distinct early-1900s ambience. A host of shopping and dining establishments as well as event opportunities are available to visitors year-round.
ShoppingDowntown Chandler, south of Chandler Boulevard on Arizona Avenue, offers an eclectic mix of stores ranging from trendy clothing boutiques to the home and gift items at Sibley's West—The Chandler Arizona Gift Shop, specializing in made-in-Arizona items. Just 3 miles west of downtown, Chandler Fashion Center features such name-brand stores as Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom and Victoria's Secret.
The Shoppes at Casa Paloma, an upscale shopping center east of US 10 on Ray Road, features a combination of national stores and distinctive shops including Francesca's Collections, Pandora's Purse and Sur La Table.