Gilbert Polar Ice Might Shutdown!

By Parker LeavittThe Republic | azcentral.comWed Oct 23, 2013 10:08 AM Polar Ice skating rinks in Chandler, Gilbert and Peoria are facing an uncertain future after years of financial instability, sparking concern among Valley skaters who fear they may be left without a place to practice and play. The three rinks, which account for about […]

By Parker LeavittThe Republic | azcentral.comWed Oct 23, 2013 10:08 AM

Polar Ice skating rinks in Chandler, Gilbert and Peoria are facing an uncertain future after years of financial instability, sparking concern among Valley skaters who fear they may be left without a place to practice and play.

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The three rinks, which account for about half the playing ice in metro Phoenix, have been in receivership for several months after the owner, Spiral Inc., fell into default.

By the numbers
Court records shed some light on how each of the Valley’s three Polar Ice locations are faring financially. For Gilbert and Peoria, the following data reflect totals from Jan. 19 through April 30. Chandler data reflect totals from Feb. 28 through April 30.
Location | Gross | Operating expenses
Gilbert | $326,822 | $210,381
Peoria | $353,529 | $204,771
Chandler | $328,173 | $151,886
Source: Maricopa County Superior Court filings

Some skaters in Gilbert said they noticed a decline in quality under the previous ownership, including dirty bathrooms, a snack bar that was often closed and poor ice conditions.

Now, Arcadia Ice Arena owner Jim Rogers has emerged as a likely buyer for the Gilbert and Peoria locations. Rogers has also put in an offer for the Chandler rink, which took bids from multiple contenders last week.

While Rogers says he aims to bring stability and accountability to the Polar Ice rinks, customer relations got off to a rocky start earlier this month.

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