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There has been no official announcement, but Aaron’s rent-to-own apparently will close its Maricopa location on July 21.

The news came as a surprise to many longtime customers of the lease-to-own retailer who received brief phone calls to inform them of the closing date and recommend they shop at Aaron’s locations in Casa Grande or Chandler.

“I only found out when I went in the other day to look at a washer. The Maricopa branch manager said he himself found out from corporate the day before what was going on,” Maricopa local LaBelle Herrera said. “I asked, ‘Is it due to the virus?’ They said it’s part of the reason.”

In a Second Quarter business update to investors on the impact of COVID-19, the company predicted a 15% loss in second quarter earnings compared to last year, primarily due to the pandemic.

“As Progressive’s retail partners begin to reopen their stores, the Company is experiencing a recovery in invoice volume from a low point in April 2020 and expects this improving trend to continue,” the business brief states.

Aaron’s rent-to-own opened its Maricopa location in 2012 in the Edison Place shopping center off John Wayne Parkway. LaBelle said she had been there on a few occasions to shop for appliances and was surprised to see it almost empty when she was shopping Wednesday.

“The store was still clean and all but very few items, I was looking for a washer and they only had one on the floor,” she said.

With much of the store’s inventory being transferred to the Casa Grande location, staff is expected to relocate there as well.

InMaricopa reached out to Aaron’s Maricopa manager as well the corporate PR department, but have yet to receive any comment on the closure.

 

If you are a customer who mails in your payment to Global Water every month, make sure to update the mailing address. The water company issued a press release today to all customers about the change:

“Global Water’s payment mailing address has changed. Please make sure your mailed payments are sent to the correct address. The new address for mailed payments is:

PO Box 29072
MSC 771
Phoenix, AZ 85038

If you mail your water and/or sewer payment to Global Water, make sure the payment stub reflects the address shown above. A sample payment stub with the correct address is shown below. If you receive your bill after 12/19/2019 the payment stub will have the updated address.

If you use your bank’s auto-pay system to mail your payment, please update the mailing address with your bank. If you do not update the mailing address with your bank check pay, your payment could be sent to our old address and therefore returned. The payment will continue to go to the old address and be returned to you until you update the address in your bank’s bill pay service.

If you send a payment to the old address and it arrives after 12/31/2019, it may be returned to you or your bank in the mail. If your payment is returned, please re-send it to the updated address shown above or you can drop it off at our office in Maricopa.”

You can still pay online at https://gwresources.watersmart.com, pay at our office, or call 866-940-1102 to make a payment. You can email questions to www.CustomerService@gwresources.com.”

View the Press Release for more details on the transition.

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InMaricopa readers turned their attention to tragedy, transportation and economic development in 2018. Here are some of our most-read stories of the year:

10. In December, readers were outraged by details of child abuse accusations against a Maricopa couple. Describing being hit, taped and deprived of food and water as punishment, three children were removed from the home.

9. An August crash that killed Maricopan Johnnie Verdoza and another man on State Route 143 drew widespread attention for the alleged actions of others in the car, also from Maricopa, who reportedly hid the bodies and left. However, the unsustained accusation of hiding bodies was not ultimately among the charges by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office against the driver. Manslaughter charges against Thomas Sikes, now 23, are still in Maricopa County Superior Court, with trial set for April. He is also charged with endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident involving death or injury.

8. Apex Motor Club and the City of Maricopa stuck to their guns in lawsuits filed over granting a use permit for the construction of a private race track on the west side of town. Apex finally broke ground on the complex in November.

7. Gone, gone, gone. Several structures bit the dust in the Heritage District in 2018. Most, like the Copa Center, the former county jail and F.O.R. Maricopa food bank, were taken down to make way for the overpass. Some homes were simply condemned as blight.

6. Readers were touched by the story of a Maricopa family seeking justice for a son killed by a hit-and-run driver in Phoenix in July. Though devastated by the loss of Joseph Schott, 27, mom Sue Ball was amazed at Maricopa’s “overabundance of love and support.”

5. Teachers found empowerment in 2018. Maricopa educators tentatively organized a non-disruptive walk-in and soon gained the courage to join a statewide walk-out that shut down some schools for several days during the state budget talks. It was all a battle for better funding of education, with mixed results.

4. Elections were mostly friendly at the local level, but Maricopa was no stranger to political divisiveness in the midterms. Republicans and Democrats, from constable to Congress, engaged in Maricopa town halls to debate hot-button issues. While District 11 remains legislatively Republican, state leadership will have a different look in 2019.

3. Transportation – from the overpass to a lingering lawsuit over the funding of roadway improvements – was catnip to Maricopa readers. Pinal County appealed a tax court decision that would undermine efforts to widen State Route 347, and construction work on the overpass project was beginning to have an impact on in-town traffic by year’s end.

2. The development of Edison Pointe south of Fry’s Marketplace had the keen interest of Maricopans, who wanted to know which businesses were opening and when. Ross, Goodwill, Planet Fitness, Dollar Tree, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, WingStop and Wynn Nails & Hair were all completed and open in 2018, with more to come.

1. InMaricopa’s most-read story of the year involved the violent murder of a beloved resident and the subsequent arrest of her grandson as the main suspect. Vicky Ten Hoven died Jan. 28 at her home in Rancho El Dorado. With aid from other law enforcement agencies, Maricopa Police Department took custody of Marcos Martinez, who is being prosecuted for homicide.