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Business Briefcase: June 21, 2017

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Hello, readers, and welcome to the scorching edition of the Business Briefcase.

Unfortunately, this column had to be finished before the high temperature could be set on Tuesday, when it’s forecast to hit 120 degrees. Because the laws of physics currently prohibit me from traveling back in time to update the print version (and I do not have the clearance to stop the presses for such trivial matters), I’ll have to give a choose-your-own ending.

Read this if it did reach 120 degrees:

Holy cow! It’s only the fourth time in recorded history that the Valley reached the dozen-to-the-tenth-power mark! Now we’ll be able to annoy the younger generations for years with stories of what we were doing when the cityscape nearly melted off the face of the earth.

If we only made it to 119 (or less):

What is the point!? This is a travesty of the highest proportion! If we’re going to have to experience this tremendously awful heat, shouldn’t we be able to attach some sort of historical significance to it? Is that too much to ask?

OK, we’re ready for the business news now. People may slow down in the heat, but the business items do not.

Some interesting news in northeast Avondale. The Burger King at 3940 N. 107th Ave. has closed, and signage is up saying the building will eventually reopen as a Filiberto’s Mexican Food restaurant.

The Burger King signage and infrastructure, such as the children’s jungle gym, have already been removed. No timetable as of yet when Filiberto’s will be ready to open.

The Mexican food chain has made a push in the West Valley in recent years. The 107th Avenue location will be the sixth in the West Valley, and seventh if you include the Filiberto’s at 91st Avenue and Thomas Road, just east of Loop 101.

We’ve had a few requests asking on the status of the Cobblestone Auto Spa, at 14031 W. Indian School Road, on county land between Goodyear and Litchfield Park city limits.

The car wash closed in March, initially for a remodel, but a short investigation uncovered that the business’ license had expired. The Cobblestone website still lists the location, as well as two others in the East Valley, as closed for remodeling.

The Briefcase has had a tough time getting representatives to comment on the matter, but has learned that the company plans on reopening, but does not have a date for it to occur.

Thanks to information from a reader, those with vouchers for washes can take them to other locations to either use, or get a refund.

The nearest location is in Surprise at 13811 W. Bell Road. For other locations and information, visit cobblestone.com.

Out in Buckeye, Boba House is now open at 944 S. Watson Road, Suite 102, replacing Juice It Up!, which recently closed.

Boba, the shop’s specialty, is also known as bubble tea and is a Taiwanese tea-based drink that’s mixed with fruit or milk, with tapioca balls or fruit jelly mixed in.

The Briefcase has yet to try it, but now officially has it on his to-do list.

That’s all for this week, folks. Thanks for reading!

As always, send questions, tips or comments via email to smcowen@westvalleyview.com. The Business Briefcase can also be reached on Twitter @ShaneMcOwen.

Until next time, stay cool everyone, and have a good week.

 

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

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They were selling drugs in the back of the car wash. Another reason they probably closed. Also, they closed because they were being bought out, but the deal fell through.

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