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Schools, farm rated ‘excellent’

A preschool, private school and farm earned high praise from food inspectors this week.  Health inspectors handed out three “excellent” ratings this week, according to...
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Orbitel boosts speeds as part of Maricopa service

Orbitel Communications, a full-service telecommunications company serving Maricopa, has completed a system-wide broadband speed boost at no additional cost to customers. Orbitel’s increased speeds will...

City confirms hotel, Buffalo Wild Wings plans

An unidentified hotel and a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant are proposed for 3.5 acres of commercial property at the southeast corner of Stonegate Road...

School, pizzeria not up to temp

Food inspectors visited 11 eateries this week and found two weren’t up to temp.  Health inspectors handed out nine “excellent” ratings this week and dinged...

POLL: Ulta, Whataburger favorites for new plaza

What storefronts do you hope will join Lowe’s Home Improvement in South Bridge Marketplace?  Two in 3 InMaricopa readers said they want a new makeup...

Illegal today, maybe not tamale

Maria serves up home-cooked tamales on weekends at the Hidden Valley swap meet. She cooks them in the kitchen of her home. She’s a single mom...
Joel Hansen and Ralph Skrzypczak [The Roost]

Foodie influencer makes stop in Maricopa

An internet famous competitive eater and foodie influencer stopped by a local bar recently and cleaned out its fish fry.  Fish Fry Friday came early...

Denny’s dinged in health inspection

Denny’s got (grand) slammed with violations after health inspectors found warm eggs and veggies in the cooler.  Inspectors with Pinal County Environmental Health rated America’s Diner...

Here are Pinal County’s top 3 private employers

Lucid Motors, the sleek luxury electric-vehicle manufacturer based in Casa Grande, is Pinal County’s top employer with 2,500 on staff, a company spokesman said...
Waffle House sign [Creative Commons]

Waffle House calls citizen campaign fake news

A Maricopa man’s campaign to bring Waffle House to town ended when the company accused him of a misinformation campaign.  Waffle House told him to...

Local developer engaging these 4 businesses

Target, Safeway, Walmart and Kroger. A major developer in Maricopa told us today it was engaging these four retailers in its search “to bring an...
An exterior view of Tractor Supply Co. just after its soft opening on Dec. 10, 2023. [Bryan Mordt]

Tractor Supply mum on sales

Tractor Supply Co. didn't have anything encouraging to say about its sales performance after nearly two months doing business in Maricopa. “We unfortunately are not...
A stock image showing the exterior of an Aldi grocery store. [Courtesy of Aldi]

A new grocery store is coming. But which one?

If there’s anything Maricopans want more than a quick solution to traffic woes, it’s a new grocery store. And their prayers were answered when we...

City council’s favorite foods

One of the best ways to learn more about someone is to find out what they love to eat. Here’s a peek at a 2024 Restuarant...

19 tasty food trucks to try

By Monica D. Spencer and Kaylin Hansen With two new food truck parks opening soon and food truck expos slated at Ak-Chin Entertainment Circle and...

Rooster tales: How our local watering hole overcame the odds

It was a rocky beginning for The Roost Sports Bar & Café nine years ago. It was then known as True Grit Tavern, a tip...

Thai the knot: City embraces first Thai spot

Maricopa was the 15th location for Thai Chili 2go when the local restaurant opened last summer. But it has been distinctive for the Gilbert-based...

Hooked: Residents say seafood van ‘shrimply the best’

Justin Ekelman sits on a small folding chair, huddled next to a freezer chest inside a white van. The van is covered in handmade signs...

From rags to fishes: Bashas’ seafood bounces back

Note: Alibertos Mexican Food and Central Arizona College received an “excellent” rating from health inspectors Jan. 18. However, Pinal County did not release the...
A screenshot of a site plan showing the South Bridge Marketplace on John Wayne Parkway and Honeycutt Avenue. The development will include Lowe's Home Improvement, as well as an unnamed grocery store, restaurants and retail shops. [Courtesy of Thompson Thrift]

Lowe’s to bring grocery store, restaurants

Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated the grocery store would measure 60,000 square feet. This is the total square footage of...

BoSa Donuts to open next month

Donut worry, Maricopans!  BoSa Donuts will begin serving its bounty of glazed and frosted fried treats next month, according to Mayor Nancy Smith.   Smith shared...

PHX Surf plans construction this summer

Maricopa’s long-awaited surf park may break ground this summer, according to city records.  Plans for PHX Surf, first announced by InMaricopa in May 2021, are...

Thai Chili finally gets ribbon cutting

In front of a small crowd, the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting this morning for one of its newest members, Thai...

Nando’s delays open to March

Nando’s Mexican Café announced it plans to start slinging tacos and margaritas to hungry Maricopans in just a matter of weeks. “We still do not...
City Planner Derek Scheerer presents a rezoning case during a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Nov. 13, 2023. [Monica D. Spencer]

Zoning board to take action on Lowe’s

Feel compelled to sound off on new development around town? Your chance is coming up tonight. Maricopa’s Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss a few...

Nando’s seeks to ‘knock it out of the park’

The wait — the long, long wait — for the expansion of the East Valley’s Nando’s Mexican Café to Maricopa is nearly over. And...

Jersey? Sure! Readers name best sub

Whether you call it a submarine, hoagie, grinder or torpedo, Maricopans agree which elongated sandwich is the most sublime.  Jersey Mike’s gobbled up nearly half...
Bashas' Butcher Shop [Brian Petersheim Jr.]

Bashas’ seafood shut down, permit suspended after sewage leak

Pinal County health inspectors closed a local grocer’s meat department and suspended its permit after discovering a sewage leak. It’s the first “unacceptable” rating the...

Crops to rooftops: Satellite images show city’s growth

Just how much has Maricopa grown in recent decades? Satellite images tell the story well.  Imagery provided by Google Earth shows nothing but farmland and...

Chipotle comes up short in food inspection

Health inspectors visited several restaurants in Maricopa this week, finding violations at only one popular Mexican chain.  Inspectors with Pinal County Environmental Health visited six local eateries...
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