Gates opens Arizona rental store

Easyphoenix, a division of Wichita entrepreneur Bud Gates' Easygates, has opened its first Easyhome franchise store in Mesa, Ariz.

The store had its grand opening Saturday in the Main Street Marketplace shopping center. Store manager is Felipe Garcia.

Gates was formerly chairman and chief executive of Rent-A-Center and Thorn Americas. He established Easygates in 2007 to develop corporate and franchise stores in the U.S. $6 billion rent-to-own industry.