So, if you're one of the thousands of people who pick up a copy of the Weekly at Circle K each week, next week you'll have to go elsewhere. For reasons that aren't entirely clear to me or anyone else around here, the convenience store chain has kicked us out of their stores, seemingly to replace us with AZ Weekly, a Phoenix publication expanding its reach into Southern Arizona.
We have a few things in common with AZ Weekly. We are both printed on paper, have information about events, and...well, that might be it. First of all, it's a Phoenix publication, so there's that, but even ignoring the fact that an advertiser can buy editoral content, it's a pretty lousy paper. Their media kit brags that the publication is "Non-political, non-cynical, non polarizing. Non-offensive," which is mostly a code word for dull, dull and dull. Best of luck to them. I hear people down here are really looking for more information about what there is to do in Phoenix.
Still, my main issue is with Circle K, who apparently think that they're not getting anything out of having the Weekly in their locations and that Tucsonans are fine with whatever crap you put in front of them. For obvious reasons, I have a different opinion, but if you'd like to share with their management that you'll miss having their locations available as an easy place to grab our paper, feel free to let them know. The customer service number for Circle K's Southwest Region is (602) 728-8000.
In the meantime, we're still all over town with convenient racks all over the Tucson area. On our website, we have a somewhat interactive map that you can search to see where the Weekly can be found near you. If there's a business you think should have the Weekly, let the manager know they can get a rack free of charge. All they have to do is call us at 295-4220. If you don't feel like going anywhere to get an issue each week, we're looking into providing home delivery (seriously, no kidding) for a small fee. If that's something you'd be interested in, send me an email and I'll let you know when that's available.
The most important thing to know is that while we won't be available a few places we used to be, we're still in nearly 700 locations around Tucson with more to come. Thanks for reading us. And no thanks to you, Circle K.