By Aaron Waldron
On Sunday, Warehouse 3 Racing and Hobby Shop owner Jim Chaney informed customers via the business's Facebook page that the business would close following one final race on Saturday, October 31. The announcement comes following slow retail transactions and low race turnouts, compounded by a couple of thefts that victimized the business and customers.
The news comes despite overwhelmingly positive critcism of regular and visiting customers, earning Warehouse 3 Racing 4.6/5 stars over 416 reviews on Facebook and 5/5 stars over 7 reviews on Yelp.
On October 14, the Warehouse 3 Racing Facebook page posted a series of surveillance videos showing a group of young men taking a customer’s Team Associated SC5M from the pit area. Unlike a burglary in February, in which several consignment vehicles were stolen in the middle of the night, this theft took place during business hours:
- Chris Wheeler
- Jeff Helms
- Kyle Witherspoon
- Tommy Hinz
- Ashe Deering
- Chris Wheeler
In addition to over 65 shares and 90 comments on the original post, racers poured out their support for the Warehouse 3 crew and expressed their feelings about the closing. Team Associated racer Tommy Hinz, among those who frequented the track, posted the following to his Facebook page:
|"Very sad news for Arizona racing today. Thanks to Jim Chaney and everyone at warehouse 3 who have helped me get to where I am today. It is a shame that it is coming to this but I hope Jim and all employees the best of luck in the future."|
On Monday, Warehouse 3 Racing announced the schedule for its final week of operation, including an inventory liquidation sale.
Anyone with information on items stolen from Warehouse 3 Racing is encouraged to contact the business at (623) 776-9003 or the Peoria police department. Racers have three chances left to race at Warehouse 3 before it closes: tonight at 7 PM, Friday at 7 PM, and Saturday at 2 PM.