THATCHER — Pima and Thatcher have two new businesses, courtesy of the former owners of JoBis Market.
Jeff and Karen Martin have opened two Quality H2O and Ice vending kiosks.
“It’s a self-maintained ice house,” Karen said. “It can produce 4,500 to 7,500 pounds of ice a day (and) stores it in the back half of the unit. The water is also made through the system and chilled at 39 degrees.”
The Martins opened the first kiosk at 2222 W. U.S. Highway 70 in Thatcher last February.
“Thatcher is doing really good,” Karen said. “We have picked up quite a few contractors in the mornings, between the hours of 4-6 a.m.”
That success spurred the Martins to open a second location this week, at 367 E. U.S. Highway 70 in Pima. And they’re scouting for additional outlets in Safford, Fort Thomas, Clifton, Morenci and Willcox.
The kiosks are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and accept cash and debit/credit cards. Water is available in 1-, 3- and 5-gallon amounts, while ice is available in 10- and 20-pound bags.
The softened, dechlorinated water is filtered through reverse osmosis and run through carbon particulate and UV systems for ice making. Learn more at (4) Quality H2O and Ice | Facebook.