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Branch Manager Stacey Cyr and Business Development Marketing Representative Matthew Sheldon. Submitted photos

 

A company with roots deeply planted in the Arizona business community announced the grand opening of its Maricopa location.

IF YOU GO
What
: Pioneer Title Agency Grand Opening/Community Celebration
When: June 29, 3-6 p.m.
Where: 21596 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 101

Pioneer Title Agency has one other office in Pinal County and 70 branches across the state.

The Maricopa office, located in the Cobblestone Fiesta shopping center at 21596 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite 101, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 29 at 3 p.m.

Food and drink, a wine tasting, catering from Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and live entertainment will be free for the community at the event.

The public can also sign a “massive” ribbon that will be cut and then preserved for display in the office.

Branch Manager Stacey Cyr is a longtime Maricopa resident who most recently worked at Empire West Title Agency.

“We are focused on not only providing title insurance, escrow, trustee sales and builder-related trust services across Maricopa, but also being good community volunteers and a voice for both business and economic development for the county,” Cyr said in a press release.

Described as a real estate veteran and a local business advocate, Cyr plans to launch the county’s first Business Networking International chapter this year.

There, Cyr would volunteer as the organizations secretary-treasurer, according to the release.

Cyr also hopes to partner with local pet rescue Pet Social Worker to host fundraising events and “yappy hours.”

The community-spirited branch manager has also planned a series of activities in October with nonprofit organization Save the Ta-Ta’s.

The Pioneer Team also includes Business Development Marketing Representative Matthew Sheldon and Cyr’s son Damian who will serve the agency in an administrative role.

 

Photo by Mason Callejas

Discount variety store Dollar Tree is planning a May 10 opening of its Maricopa store in the Edison Pointe plaza.

The business will employ 12-20 people. Those interested can apply online at DollarTree.com or in person at the store.

“Dollar Tree is pleased to invite customers to experience our great value and broad assortment of merchandise all priced at $1 or less,” said Dollar Tree spokesperson Kayleigh Painter said in a news release.

The store is 10,000 square feet and is located at 20595 N. John Wayne Parkway.

“Dollar Tree continues to grow, and we are proud to be part of the Maricopa community,” Painter said.

A.J. Larson hits a turn at Maricopa Motorsports Park. Photo by Victor Moreno

By Fran Lyons

Motocross is back on track in Maricopa.

After months of delays caused by Pinal County stipulations, Maricopa Motorsports Park opened Feb. 3. The venue is 46 acres of land near the junction of state routes 347 and 84 in Hidden Valley.

Owner Mike Fay said one of the reasons he created Maricopa Motorsports Park is for people to participate together. “What I love to see is entire families enjoying recreational sports that promote satisfaction and enjoyment whenever they’re here at the park.”

The facility is south of SR 84 off Liebre Road, a dirt road maintained by the county.

Dirt bikers from left: Jacob Dolph, owner Mike Fay, Koan French and A. J. Larson. Photo by Victor Moreno

Fay, who seems to have been born to race, has worked in motorcycle shops all his adult life. He has been a rider since age 4 and a racer since 10.

“Riding and racing have been my passion since I was a little kid,” he said. “It’s what I love to do.”

There are three tracks accommodating different levels of intensity. Fay, in tandem with other experts, created the concept for the park. He designed and built the tracks and oversees the day-to-day events and activities.

“What’s exclusive and unique is that we offer a track for side-by-sides, too,” Fay said.

Rules are important to MMP, however, and one’s vehicle has to meet required standards to participate. The first and foremost objective is safety and security for all participants and attendees.

Riders must sign a release and waiver of liability, and minors’ forms must be signed by parents or guardians and notarized.

“Our prepared and groomed tracks provide a controlled environment of structure and safety and a place for all who enjoy motorsports,” Fay said.

Jacob Dolph takes to the air. Photo by Victor Moreno

He estimates he lays down at least 10,000 gallons of water a day on the tracks and on Liebre Road. Pinal County had requested Fay pave Liebre Road to cut down on dust, but he worked county staff to a compromise. That requires him to spray down the road regularly.

Another point of contention has not found a final resolution. Pinal County stipulates Fay put in permanent toilets rather than portable toilets. MMP has no power, plumbing or other utilities. Fay was allowed to open and given an extension of time to solve the problem, which may mean building a latrine or outhouse structure.

Fay had planned to open the park in late 2015 while working through the permitting process. The waiting part of that process was frustrating, he said.

“There would be a three-month wait, and then they’d tell us to have our engineer tweak something,” he said. “And she would do that, and it would be another three months.”

Since quietly opening in February, the park has seen participant numbers grow, with many returning customers. As Maricopa Motorsports Park expands, offerings will include professional clinics and riding classes and food vendors.

According to Fay, what he has built is “great recreation and physical exercise for all ages, and definitely fun to watch.”

Francesca Lyons if a freelance writer living in Maricopa.


This story appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

 

Smiley Dental is among new businesses acquiring a new commercial license.

Of the many new business licenses applied for in Maricopa last month, the majority were for out-of-town companies and vendors.

Commercial: GoWireless Inc., H&R Block, Maricopa Family Psychiatry, My Maricopa Plumber, Planet Fitness, Smiley Dental, Treasured Smiles Children’s Dentistry, True Hearts II

Home-based: Ashley’s Parties, Bags and More by Julie, Charmed Bath & Body, Comfort Care Assisting Living Home, Crossland Training Connections, Desert Ice, JC & Laney, LenzKing, Ms. Sparkle, Nana’s House of Childcare, Origami Owl, PCs by D’vine, Positively Posh Events, Skurtsy/Peaches & Seams, Sonora Candle & Oils, Usborne Books & More, VanGo 4 Kids, VIPTV

Out of town: Arizona Correctional Industries, Arizona Foundation Solutions, Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, Cordova Contracting & Development, Different Smokes BBQ, Digital Video Networks, Flippin’ Rice Food Truck, Garth Vacuum Truck Service, Good Ruby Apple Christian Book & Gift, Guzman Fence Company, Horrocks Engineers, The Ice Tea Guy, Joseph’s Graneries, Liquid Habit, Lislie Heft Premier Designs Jewelry, Metro Traffic Control, MRC Construction & Electrical, Ms. C’s BBQ Chicken N Ribs, Pace Pacific Corporation, Phoenix Psychic, RT Underground, Seacret Direct, Soil Works, Sonya’s Feather Duster, Starlight Homes Construction, Tac-O-Bout It, Tribal Waters, Tupperware The Fanatics

Nonprofit: Ballet Folklorico Quetzalcoatl, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona, Maricopa Pantry, Waypoint Church


This item appears in the April issue of InMaricopa.

 

The following businesses applied for licenses in the city June 16-July 15.

Commercial: Robert Robertson

Home-based: Bug-A-Boo Baby Blankets and More, DA Pools, Licensed Mobile Massage Therapist, Romero Day Care, Unwind Massage Therapy, Veteran Owned Credit Repair, You Are More LLC

Out of town: Adobe Fire Equipment Inc., Better Built Builders Inc., BH Skating Parks LLC, DeBaise Holdings dba PDS, Freedom Fire Protection Company LLC, HardCopy Fingerprinting Services, Kona Ice of Casa Grande, Kuhl’s Electric & Service, Q&D Electric, Renewal by Andersen, Rural Arizona Maintenance Spec, Southlands Engineering, Tactical Turd Removal, Terra Medela LLC, Waste Management of Arizona


This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.

Companies filing for new business licenses Dec. 16-Jan. 15:

Commercial: Postmaster Depot, Super Smiles for Kids

Home-based: D.E.N. Services, Stormwind’s Creations, Sunshine Home Cleaning

Out of Town: Ayala Pool Plumbing, Food Trailer, ISEC, JC Signs, John Gorraiz Electrical


This information appears in the February issue of InMaricopa.

Though in operation as a home-based business since September, Breez Casuals had its official ribbon-cutting with the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 17. Greg and Brenda Campbell sell the LuLaRoe clothing collection.


This business photo appears in the December issue of InMaricopa.

Craig Newman is the franchise operator of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, set to open this month. It is his sixth franchise in Arizona. Photo by Raquel Hendrickson

Craig Newman first really indulged in the menu at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Kansas when he was building a competing restaurant next door.

He and the crew ate frequently at Freddy’s and became “almost addicted,” he said.

Newman joined the Freddy’s chain in 2010, opening his first franchise in Gilbert in 2011. He is director of operations for JayToo Enterprises, part of SunStates Custard Management.

This month, Maricopa will be the site of his sixth franchise at 21467 N. John Wayne Parkway.

The exterior is almost complete on the stand-alone building at Maricopa Station. Standing in the middle of interior construction commotion, Newman said the opening date could be as early as the week of Thanksgiving.

“It’s a great community, a growing community,” he said. “It’s somewhere we saw an opportunity to bring a better burger concept to.”

Freddy’s looked at demographic studies of Maricopa and determined the city was not only a good fit for a franchise but was possibly even underserved.

The franchise will hire at least 80 workers. Newman said he received more than 200 applications and plans to begin the interview process on Monday.

The building will look similar to the Freddy’s in San Tan Valley. Submitted photo
The building will look similar to the Freddy’s in San Tan Valley. Submitted photo

The restaurant is 3,953 square feet, including the patio. That creates seating for up to 110 customers. The patio fits six tables, which can seat eight to 10.

“We make everything fresh. Nothing is sand-bagged, as they say in the business,” Newman said.

In a kitchen easily visible from the dining area, burgers are pressed to cook with caramelized edges. Customers can add or take away toppings, even sauerkraut. The frozen custard is also served fresh.

Newman said his personal favorite on the menu is the patty melt, which he modifies with Freddy’s fry sauce. Freddy’s already sells its seasoning by the bottle and is just starting to market its fry sauce.

Operating hours are Monday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Newman said he has worked on getting a restaurant on the location for almost three years. Traffic flow in and out of Maricopa Station continues to be a concern for him, just as it was for the Maricopa Planning & Zoning Commission when site plans came before the members in 2014.

“I still think that our product is good enough that our guests will drive around to get to us,” Newman said.

“(Maricopa is) somewhere we saw an opportunity to bring a better burger concept to.”

Freddy’s has its own access off SR 347, but only for northbound traffic. Southbound traffic must turn east at Smith-Enke Road and use the CVS access.

North of Freddy’s is the lighted intersection of SR 347 and Cobblestone Farms Drive. It does not yet have access to the property east of SR 347. Extension of the intersection relies on the development of the property north of Freddy’s.

The 18.56-acre parcel has long been marked as a “future medical campus” for Dignity Health. It was announced as an emergency hospital three years ago, but there has been no movement. Dignity Health did open a freestanding emergency room in Chandler in October.

This story has been updated from a previous version.