Hey Dan your such a wordsmith in this post but not in your printed paper? You know why you were removed from Circle K and you forgot to mention that in the printed version! I'm sure that was left out for obvious reasons. You trash a paper that you probubly never heard of till a week ago. Thats pretty sad! You made a fool of yourself in not telling the whole story. The truth will be known.
Anonymous: Then someone's lying, either AZ Weekly which is telling advertisers they have an exclusive at Circle K, Circle K which told us the same thing, or you. Since you don't even have the integrity to post your name or what company you're associated with that would have this information, I'm going to go with the simplest answer. Cheers!
Dan, I work for neither Circle K or AZ Weekly. I'm just an individual who's very familiar with the matter. I can tell you up front that no money changed hands between AZ Weekly and Circle K. You can't counteroffer because there was no offer. Exclusive distribution agreement? LOL
By the way Dan, there are thousands of Tucson Weekly readers that will continue their support, as I told you at the festival of books last weekend ( I'm the guy who asked about the Tucson musicians calendar ) LONG LIVE TUCSON WEEKLY!
I just keep thinking, if the content is the real issue here, is CK getting rid of all magazines placed next to or above the weekly? All the car magazines with beautiful women on the cover, Maxim magazine, Sports illustrated, tattoo magazines,National Enquier, etc...NONE of them bother me in the very least, my kids don't go into a store and buy them (thanks to our parenting skills Courtney). My kids also know not to pick up free magazines, especially ones geared towards an 18 and over audience without my knowledge...Tucson Weekly kicked out because content? I don't believe that for a....WAIT! I just saw the Easter Bunny AND Santa Claus outside my window!
Also, for what its worth, AZ Weekly isn't a competitor, as far as I see it. With less than 900 Facebook fans, it would appear most readers don't see it as one either.
Hey Anonymous: So, if you have inside knowledge, you must work for Circle K, right? If you're speaking for your company, it might be slightly more ethical to just speak under your own name. Just one of those things. Either that or you work for AZ Weekly and then you're just being dishonest.
What you leave out of your inside knowledge, is that we asked if removing the adult content would make a difference. The rep for Circle K said no, that an exclusive agreement had been signed with AZ Weekly. Every company makes choices based on what they think their brand can handle and what will make money for the company. Circle K chose money up front from AZ Weekly for an exclusive agreement over the benefits they receive from several thousand customers coming in for the Weekly every seven days. That's fine (although it would have been nice to let us counter), but now Circle K has to deal with disgruntled Weekly readers. Make your bed and lie in it. I know that Circle K just won't see any of my money in the meantime, and it seems like some of our readers will be doing the same.
As an insider to this whole matter, the reasons were clearly explained by Circle K execs to Tucson Weekly execs in a closed door meeting between both company officials. For the same reason that Circle K replaced Phoenix New Times with AZ Weekly at all Circle K locations in Phoenix, Circle K cannot continue to carry a publication with adult content per the complaints from a growing number of their customers. If you examine recent issues of Tucson Weekly, you will know what I'm talking about. The content is absolutely inappropriate and immediate action was needed to be taken. If Tucson Weekly decides to drop their adult content altogether (ads and editorial), they are more than welcome to approach Circle K again to reestablish the distribution relationship. Until then, Tucson Weekly should welcome AZ Weekly as a friendly competitor in the local market.
It should be noted that Courtney works for Yellow Cab, a company associated with AZ Weekly.
Anyhow, we have standards and practices in place to ensure adult advertisers are actually adults. If you can find a single bit of evidence to the contrary, you should probably take it to the police. Otherwise, what you say might be considered defamatory.
Looks like I have no reason whatsoever to set foot in Circle K, now that the "they suck but they support the paper I read" argument is gone.
WOW! I think someone could use a dildo! But seriously, I've been reading the weekly religiously for almost 30 years, just a guess here, but if I added up the money I spent at Ci
K everytime I stopped by to pick it up.....It would be in the hundreds...if not thousands....MORONS! I will find another place to take my money to and get my favorite all around Tucson information magazine
I can't help but wonder if Circle K had the same reaction I did to an issue I picked up in February. It had the word SEX on the front cover. I figured all right cool, I'm not a prude, and maybe it's a tasteful article about sex. We can talk about sex without being offensive and disgusting, Well, you proved me wrong. I found the article about the Meet Rack; it was by far the worst trash I have ever seen. Come on a picture of a dildo, this is a free magazine that anyone could pick up, especially kids. Not only was the picture gross, but you write a story about a prostitute using it in the bar! Really, your main distributors are Circle K's, Local business and hotels; I can't help but wonder if for a minute the editors of this paper thought, "How would our distributors feel about handing out a free paper that has pictures of dildo's in it?" Based on the editorial for that issue, you knew, and now you get to view the backlash of your actions. I wonder how many people realize how the Adult Classifieds are used to pimp out little girls. Yes I went there. You put trash in your magazine, and now it's getting thrown in the trash. I can only say kudos to Circle K and AZ Weekly for taking a stance against the filth.
One thing not needed in Tucson, more crap outa Phoenix. Their indy paper suxs royaly, you guys are still the best in my books.
Who needs Circle K anyway? T.W. readers do not patronize the fools!
In order to register a complaint with the Circle K Tucson district office, you must call 520-296-0086, option 1, to reach the District Manager's voice mail. Let's light-em-up.
Will you be including "Boondockian" Rio Rico in "home delivery?"
Yep, I know that's a silly question, but you might consider putting one of your racks somewhere farther south, because I know - for a fact - that you have more than quite a few of online readers here in Santa Cruz County.
Like me, who's been enjoying reading your online paper for a couple of years, but, so far, who's never had the pleasure of holding your print version in my hands.
If I had that pleasure, I might even be persuaded to take that 110-mile round trip up to busy, bustling Tucson from tranquil, laid-back Rio Rico more than the two annual trips I so grudgingly take.
To visit, maybe, some of your advertisers?
Seriously? A Phoenix paper? With respect to the AZ Weekly, it isn't a substitute. It doesn't serve our community well when we don't support our local media.
Just left a message for Circle K's Customer Service: (602) 728-8000
Here's a handy guide if you want to sail through the automated options:
--Press 6 (Customer Service)
--Press 3 ("Stores in West Phoenix Northern and Southern Arizona and Nevada")
I left a message with the "Option 3" line, but FYI -- the prompt also tells you to dial 520-722-6434 for any Tucson concerns.
How about expanding into the Phoenix area? They could USE a better paper.
Circle K sucks anyways. Keep your paper available at businesses that at least pretend to give a rat's ass about having someone as a customer. I say this act is a blessing in disguise for better run and more customer friendly businesses.
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