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A customer fuels his car at Circle K north in Maricopa. Photo by Jim Headley

A number of people who purchased gasoline at Circle K’s Smith-Enke Road and John Wayne Parkway location in Maricopa experienced serious damage to their vehicles.

Michelle Schaefer of Maricopa said she purchased gas at Circle K late Friday afternoon.

“I put in about $20 worth of gas in on the middle grade of pump six – the 89 (octane) grade,” Schaefer said. “I proceeded to go home. I live about two miles from Circle K. I had no issues. I parked the car and the next morning I went out to the vehicle and started having issues. It started kind of funny. It was sputtering, and it wouldn’t accelerate correctly. It was almost like I was running out of gas.”

Schaefer said she was going to work. It is six miles from her house to her office.

“I could barely make it. I was going 10 mph and couldn’t accelerate,” Schaefer said. “I was finally able to make it to the parking lot.”

She called for a tow truck and had her car taken to Camelback Volkswagen in Phoenix.

“The tow truck driver from Knight Towing came to my office on Saturday about 4:30 or 5 in the evening,” Schaefer said. “He asked, ‘Did you happen to get gas at Circle K?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I did, why do you ask?’ He said I was the 12th car he had towed in the last day (and) they all got gas at Circle K.”

The driver said he thought there was an issue with the gasoline from Circle K, according to Schaefer.

She made a post on Facebook about her issues with the gasoline, and others in the city reacted quickly as they were having gasoline problems too. More than a dozen reported their vehicles stopped.

“It was pretty apparent that there was a huge issue,” she said. “There were pictures of people’s gas that they had to have siphoned out of their tanks that looked like rainwater.”

Schaefer said her car was in the shop over the weekend at the dealership. She called them early Monday and advised them about the suspected gasoline problem.

Camelback Volkswagen wrote to Schaefer, “We have a sample of your fuel. It is more rainwater than fuel. You are definitely going to want to go after the gas station.”

Schaefer said repairing the car was estimated by Camelback to cost $1,303. The estimate covered draining the tank and lines, replacing the fuel pump, fuel filter and spark plugs, and labor.

Schaefer said she is the sole provider for her family of six. Without a car, she’s had to rely on taxis and Lyft drivers.

“I have experienced missed hours of work. It is impacting my life in a huge way and I’m very frustrated,” Schaefer said. “I really hope Circle K does the right thing and takes care of it. I don’t have that kind of money lying around.”

Schaefer said she called the Circle K Arizona Division offices and filed a complaint.

“They said on the phone they did have an issue with that store,” she said, adding they would take her information down and forwarded it to the correct person.

Schaefer said as of Monday afternoon she had yet to speak with “the correct person” with Circle K. She was told that someone would contact her within 24 hours.

“I’m hoping that because they are admitting that they have an issue, that they are going to take care of it. At this point, I really don’t know,” she said.

Donna Humphrey, spokesperson for Circle K’s Arizona Division offices in Phoenix, had this advice for affected customers.

Fueling station shades are in place for the new Circle K. Photo by Kyle Norby

The last four months of 2018 saw five businesses receive commercial permits in Maricopa at a total value of over $3 million. IHOP completed its construction, and Dutch Bros. are ready to begin, and the following three are in the throes of construction.

Work is moving quickly at the future Circle K convenience store at 41433 W. Honeycutt Road. The property includes seven fueling stations to serve up to 14 vehicles. The store is to be 5,881 square feet. It received its commercial building permit in October and is being constructed by Alexander Building Company.

Brakes Plus’ framework went up quickly in Edison Pointe. Photo by Kyle Norby

Brakes Plus is building at 44510 W. Edison Road in the Edison Pointe Complex. Sitting on a little more than half an acre next to IHOP, the building is approximately 4,886 square feet. DG Fenn is in charge of the construction.

Signal Healthcare medical offices have made steady progress this winter. Photo by Kyle Norby

Directly across the street from Brakes Plus, Signal Healthcare’s future medical offices at 44565 W. Edison Road are also progressing steadily in Edison Place. The project, which is 9,000 square feet, is two buildings connected by a breezeway. The construction is west of Big O Tires.


The city has been looking at plans for a Circle K at Honeycutt and Porter roads.

A future Circle K property received a Design Review Permit Oct. 4. Plans are for a convenience store and seven fuel pumps on the southeast corner of Honeycutt and Porter roads. Developers have been working with the city on appropriate and safe access, as previously reported at InMaricopa.com.

Global Water – Santa Cruz Water Company was granted a commercial building permit Oct. 9 for a raw-water well. The site, 18303 N. Piccolo Drive, is in the Rancho Mirage subdivision on the east side of Maricopa. GWR also has a subdivision final plat amendment pending to combine two lots at the location. GWR purchased the property in May after drilling a pilot well last year to verify the aquifer. The well construction includes mechanical and electrical equipment.

EPS Group, Inc. had a pre-application conference in October on the Sandbox Development in Tortosa South. Sandbox is a Phoenix-based contractor for residential and commercial properties. The property at 18152 N. Toledo Ave. is vacant land.

This item appears in the November issue of InMaricopa.

A third Circle K is planned for Maricopa, this time on Honeycutt Road.

Plans for a new Circle K go before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday. It will be the first Maricopa gas station not on John Wayne Parkway,

The site is on the southeast corner of Honeycutt Road and Porter Road, 41433 W. Honeycutt Road. The store received its liquor license nearly a year ago.

The current proposal is for a 5,881-square-foot convenience store with a fuel canopy for seven gas pumps. The site is on 1.8 acres.

The P&Z Commission will consider recommending a development review permit. The store would be the third Circle K in Maricopa.

Monday’s agenda includes a public hearing for Global Water’s request to rezone its property on Powers Parkway from C1-2 Industrial to General Industrial. The company is also asking for a development review permit for its facility expansion.

The planned Anderson Russell subdivision will have a public hearing on its request to rezone as a Planned Area Development. The property is 776 acres on the far southeast end of Maricopa just south of Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.

P&Z meets Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.