COOLIDGE — Another business has cropped up on Arizona Boulevard — but while its location may be new, the business is one many Coolidge and Pinal County residents are familiar with.
Air Conditioning by Gary is the name of Gary Hoffman’s latest enterprise, and it’s the newest of several organizations, including the Hope International Food Pantry and Dairy Queen, to make its way back to Coolidge.
Hoffman is the former owner of Hoffman Cooling LLC, which he started in 2004.
The business was formerly located at 775 N. Arizona Blvd. but moved to Casa Grande when the building required roofing repairs.
“We wouldn’t have left, honestly,” Hoffman said. “It was a good spot.”
Originally from Philadelphia, Hoffman comes from a long line of experts in the industry, with both his father and grandfather owning a heating and cooling company back east.
When he moved to Arizona, he decided to start his own business, and Hoffman Cooling was born.
Before moving to Pennsylvania with his family, he sold the business to a former employee in 2016, who changed the name to Hoffman Cooling Inc. and eventually Krause’s Cooling & Heating Inc.
While in Pennsylvania, Hoffman stated Hoffman Heating & Cooling LLC.
As a result of the subsequent changes, he is asking customers not to confuse the two companies.
“I started Air Conditioning by Gary to distinguish myself,” he said.
Hoffman began working under the business name Air Conditioning by Gary shortly after moving back to Arizona, after his wife, Amanda, expressed a desire to live closer to family.
To restart the family business, they decided to open an office space at 188 S. Arizona Blvd., the former location of the Jugs & Strokers Tattoo Parlor.
Air Conditioning by Gary specializes in diagnostics, tuneups and maintenance, repairs and installations. In addition to air conditioning, the company also repairs, maintains and installs heat pumps, gas and electric furnaces, and water heaters.
Services extend to residential and commercial areas in Pinal and Maricopa counties.
“One thing that we wanted to point out is that Gary is one of the few in the community that is licensed, bonded and insured,” Amanda Hoffman said. “Meaning that he has formal education and has a license to back up his work.”
Once up and running, the new Coolidge location will feature a secretary available to assist customers for a few hours a day to start.
When the office space is fully renovated, Hoffman also plans to add a mural along one of the building’s exterior walls.
In addition, the couple also anticipates holding a grand opening that will feature live music and food sometime in September.
However, Hoffman emphasized that the air conditioning company is currently ready to help customers with service calls even if the office space is not officially open yet.
“We’re happy to be back, and I hope we can make some people happy,” he said.