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August 09, 2011
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Sacramento, CA

Another Quick Quack Car Wash has opened here and celebrated its grand opening with 10 days of free washes. This is the sixth Quick Quack in Sacramento, and the chain, which is part of Professional Carwashing & Detailing’s Top 50 list, has 15 locations in total. The free carwashes were given out from June 10 until the end of Father’s Day, on June 19.

Quick Quack President Jason Johnson said, “This location will provide further convenience for our customers who live, work and play all over Sacramento.”

Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Three young entrepreneurs started a “new concept” carwash and detailing business called Service At Your Door, which brings a carwash/detailing shop right to a customer’s home.

“Consumers no longer like ambiguity. We all like to know what we are getting into, and on our website what you see is what you get, no hidden costs and surprises,” Julia Zu, co-owner, said in a press release.

Gerrards Yard, Edinburgh, Scotland

A new carwash has opened here and it plans on making zero profit. The carwash was thought up by the Heart of Midlothian Education and Community Trust as a way to raise funds. All of the proceeds generated will go back into the Trust.

Connor Henderson, social enterprise coordinator at the Trust, said the money will go into football and music programs, and anything that needs the cash. The carwash is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. A super wash and wheels costs £4.50 (US $7), and an additional wax and polish is £1 (US $1.60) extra.

Porterville, CA

A $1 million carwash building project is underway here, and the wash is expected to open in mid-August. The semi-automatic wash will use the latest in carwash technology, and it will employ three people at all times. It will also offer a base price of $5 and will be able to handle compacts to large pickups.

General Manager Bob Arroyo said that customers can upgrade to an $8 wash which will include a wax application, and the entire wash will take less than five minutes.

An attendant will help motorists line their vehicle up with the conveyor, and the car will be pulled through the wash that ends with a blow dry. There will also be 18 vacuum stations on-site.

The wash will be 120 feet long, and the owners are looking for other sites in area, including another site in Porterville.

Pelham, NY

A carwash here was given permission by the Pelham Manor Board of Trustees to expand their facility. The Pelham Manor Car Wash, which is located about 15 miles outside of New York City, has plans to take over a furniture store next door to their location and to build an oil change and lube center.

The city’s planning department had reviewed the carwash’s proposal, and they had questions on items such as the façade, doors and signage, according to Mayor James O’Connor. “One problem with the plan was the exterior of the building,” R. Rosini, a carwash representative, said. “[The existing carwash and the furniture store] would become one entity architecturally. [We would] continue the stucco. Front of the glass will be double pane, with a roll up shade.”

Trustees expressed concern over clear glass with a shade as it would allow people to see into the oil change and lube center from the street. Village Manager John Pierpont said that frosted glass would make it so that people “are not looking into the operations of the lube center.”

West Lafayette, IN

A ground-breaking ceremony was held here for a new Mike’s Express Carwash. Mike’s will spend $3.5 million to open a facility on the property in November, and it will be the chain’s 38th carwash in the Midwest.

“We love this community and are so glad to be in West Lafayette,” Bill Dahm, Mike’s president and chief executive officer, said. “We’re looking forward to being a part of your community.”

The company opened a facility in nearby Lafayette in 2003.

Mike’s is the fourth largest conveyor carwash chain in the nation. Most recently the family-owned company was recognized as one of the best places to work in Indiana. The chain opened its 37th site in September 2008.

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