Business Briefcase - March 22, 2017

It’s business time! Business Briefcase time, that is.

The Spring Equinox came and went Monday at precisely 3:28 a.m. local time.

I didn’t realize it had an exact time, but it does. That’s the moment the plane of the Earth’s equator passes through the center of the sun.

That seems like a lot of math, geometry and educational visualization to go through to discuss it further. So we won’t.

I hope everyone enjoyed their approximately equal duration of day and night on Monday. I know mine was a blast!

Let’s get to the reason everyone is here, the business news.

J.C. Penney finally released the list of the 138 stores it’s closing across the nation. It’s good news for the West Valley, as the J.C. Penney store at 13333 W. McDowell Road in Goodyear survived the ax.

In fact, all but one Arizona store will remain open — the one in Bullhead City. That one, along with the other 137, mostly situated in the eastern portion of the United States, will begin liquidation sales April 17 and close in June.

Capitol Cleaners has cleaned out its locker for good in the Alameda Crossing shopping center at the northeast corner of Dysart and McDowell roads, 1809 N. Dysart Road, Suite C110 in Avondale.

The dry cleaner and laundry service had undergone new management within the last year, but just recently closed its doors. The space has been cleared out, and all signage has been removed.

Cobblestone Auto Spa at 14031 W. Indian School Road on Maricopa County land next to Litchfield Park and Goodyear city limits, has closed for the time being for a remodel. All services are temporarily suspended, including the car wash, convenience store and gas pumps.

Cobblestone has a fleet of locations across the Valley, and the West Valley spot is one of three undergoing a remodel, along with Tempe and Gilbert.

No word yet of a remodel timeline, but once the Briefcase hears of it, you all will be the first to know.

For information, visit or call the corporate office at 602-788-9274.

Lastly, folks may have noticed construction equipment collecting near St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church north of Thomas Road, east of Litchfield Road. That’s the location for the St. John Paul II Catholic High School, set to open in August 2018.

The West Valley View’s own Glenn Gullickson, reporter extraordinaire, had the story back in the Feb. 8 edition of the paper. If you don’t have that edition handy, here’s the link:

I’ve copied and pasted that into my internet browser multiple times to make sure it’s the correct length. Going above and beyond for the Briefcase readers!

That’s all for this week, thanks for reading.

As always, send questions, comments or tips to The Briefcase can also be reached on Twitter under the handle @ShaneMcOwen.

Looking forward to hearing from you! Have a great week, everyone.


Shane McOwen can be reached at or on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.


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