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Virginia Beach, VA
Autobell Car Wash Inc., one of the top three carwash chains in the nation in terms of number of locations, has opened its 63rd location.
The full-service carwash is the second Autobell in Virginia Beach and the seventh in the region overall.
It features an Aqua Bio 100 percent reclaim water treatment system. The chain is known for its environmentally-friendly initiatives.
Autobell has locations in four states including North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia, and employs about 2,000 people.
Graham Tire is now offering detailing services due to customer demands.
Store Manager Rick von Holdt said, "There are a number of carwashes in town, but sometimes we do see a need for a hand-washing, or we see vehicles that are in need of attention on the inside."
The man in charge of detailing is Santos Euceda who is an expert in shampooing and vacuuming. Graham's is currently adding on three detail bays which should be open in a few weeks.
"Santos has already been staying relatively busy," von Holdt said. "Hopefully, with the new building, we may have to hire somebody part-time to do some of the washing and vacuuming. We've got 27 employees now, and we just keep getting bigger with these new ventures."
Bill's Car Wash and Detailing Center, which includes a pet wash, opened here in July. Owner Bill Walker said, "Happy dogs mean happy people … We know many of our carwash customers are dog owners too. We thought this was a natural fit for our business."
The pet wash features a K9000 Self Service Dog Wash. It is the first K9000 wash in Orlando and the 50th in North America.
The Grand Opening ceremony featured an adoption fair by the "Lotsa Love Pet Rescue," and $1 from every carwash sold was donated to the rescue organization as well.
It took two years, but the Royal Car Wash is finally open for business. The carwash is eco-friendly and includes a $100,000 water filtration system which reuses 90 percent of the water used.
Brothers Danny and Anthony Daniele and their father Mario also own restaurants together.
"We are excited to bring a high quality service to the Pittsford – Brighton area while beautifying this busy corner, and being environmentally friendly at the same time," Danny said.
Big Sponge Car Wash's owner loves to show off the business he rebuilt after it sat empty for 18 months.
Owner John Griffin also helps others build and rebuild carwashes throughout Northern California with his business Big Dog Builders Inc.
Griffin uses his carwash as a model to show other interested business owners looking to start a carwash or refurbish an existing business. When Griffin started refurbishing Big Sponge, the landscaping was overgrown, the air compressor had been stolen and parts of the carwash were broken and vandalized.
"It took two and a half weeks, four hours a day to clean the inside of the bay," Griffin said. "We used power washers, and scrubbed the walls and the equipment. It was black."
After the walls and equipment were cleaned, walls were added inside the business and the exterior of the business was painted. Griffin also added a new computer and equipment to clean tires and rims. In all, Griffin added $85,000 in additional equipment as well as $40,000 to $50,000 for signage, the vacuum remodel and other needs.
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
A carwash owner here built a new location from scratch after his original site was expropriated to make room for a new border route. Nick Athan opened his original Daytona Car Wash in 1996, but he took advantage of the location closing to design and build an automotive cleaning center unlike any in Canada.
Athan chose a soft-touch system that uses polyflex foam wash material, and the carwash uses an innovative pay station to stay open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There are three wash packages, and services include an undercarriage flush with rust inhibiter, spot-free rinse, triple foam polish and clear coat protectant. There are two interior and exterior detailing packages available as well.
A new self-serve carwash and vacuuming station has opened here. The Newell Service Center, which also includes two repair bays, is owned by Roy and Suzanne Berry and other family members will help out as well.
The carwash and vacuum centers are all self serve, but employees are on hand to provide detailing services. The business employs six people.