TEP Employees Show Support of Downtown Merchants with Dining Downtown

October 24, 2012

More than 250 Tucson Electric Power (TEP) employees have signed up to show their support for Downtown restaurants and other merchants during the company’s Downtown-dining event on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Employees participating in the effort will wear bright blue shirts while patronizing businesses within walking distance of TEP’s Corporate Headquarters at 88 E. Broadway Blvd. Some employees will wear polo shirts that say, “Dining Downtown: It’s the Bright Thing to Do,” while others will wear T-shirts used to represent TEP’s employee volunteer program, the Community Action Team (CAT).

“We are proud to be part of Downtown’s revitalization and this event is intended to show our support for local merchants,” said Paul Bonavia, TEP’s Chairman and CEO. “Our employees will simply do what they do on a regular basis: Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at their favorite Downtown restaurants. We want to show our continued support for Downtown businesses that have faced additional challenges during the modern streetcar construction.”

More than 500 TEP employees commute to the company’s energy-efficient, solar-powered headquarters in the heart of Downtown Tucson. In early November 2011, approximately 85 employees moved to the new building from leased office space at 1 S. Church Ave. Later that month, more than 400 employees moved from offices at TEP’s campus on East Irvington Road. Consolidating employees Downtown has helped to improve the efficiency of operations.

The timing of Dining Downtown is appreciated, said Scott Lynch, General Manager of Empire Pizza. Like many Downtown restaurants, business at the restaurant is dependent upon foot traffic.

“We have a good group of loyal customers who live in and around the Downtown area. I get a lot of TEP employees now, and jurors, and people who go to the Rialto or the Screening Room,” Lynch said. “Any effort to bring people Downtown is great. It does make you feel good to know that someone is trying to bring business Downtown and to help small business owners.”

“The timing of this is perfect. The Downtown merchants are already hurting for daytime business due to the streetcar construction, so having TEP lead the way with this event speaks volumes about their commitment to the vibrancy of our Downtown core,” said Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, whose district includes portions of Downtown Tucson. “The entire Ward 6 staff will be taking part with TEP in this ‘leading by example’ opportunity to support our local businesses.”

Tucson Electric Power provides safe, reliable service to 404,000 customers in southern Arizona. To learn more about employment opportunities with TEP, visit tep.com.  For more information about TEP’s parent company, UNS Energy, visit uns.com.