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October 11, 2010
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Avon, CT
It took 10 years, but Mike Schulman has finally succeeded in opening a carwash here — the area’s first.

The “tony” town placed plenty of demands on Schulman’s carwash over a decade of applying, discussing and working through traffic, easement, zoning and aesthetic issues, saying they wouldn’t settle for an average sort of carwash.

Russell Speeder’s Car Wash is designed to look like an old firehouse — a building that Avon officials said would fit with their town. The carwash celebrated its grand opening in October.

Where the two bay doors of a firehouse would be are the entryways for cars. The tunnel walls are made of glass, so customers can see one another and the vehicles crawling through.

There are two tunnel options, one that involves hand washing by employees while the other uses an automated conveyor system. In both tunnels, vehicles receive waterworks from robots dressed and costumed like people, a hallmark of the Russell Speeders chain, based in Norwalk, CT, with 17 carwashes around the country.

Miami Auto Spa, which considers itself to be Miami’s only luxury carwash, has won approval from the city of Miami to open two new locations in the downtown area.

The concept features a moving floor that carries the car and is a 10 minute or less hand wash. Owner Shawn Galicic said in the release, “This is the first of its kind in Miami — this is for those who want a great wash without risking machines damaging their car.”

Miami Auto Spa is also environmentally friendly and offers complete residential detailing and marine detailing at marinas.

The company’s downtown Miami location is expected to be completed this month. The company has not said when the second location will open.

Ottawa, IL
Larry Brown plans to transform his car dealership in three phases, one of which includes the construction of a carwash to be completed by this spring.

Brown was looking for a way to get people to drive in — rather than just to drive by the business, when he had the idea to build a carwash on his corner lot.

The automatic full–service carwash will include detail options and will be open 24 hours a day. Construction is already under way, with completion slated for February. “That means you can buy your car here and have it taken care of here as well. When you buy the car, you will get free carwashes for life.”

Brown is still working on the promotion idea, but basically a set number of carwashes would be offered annually, with perhaps a full detail service every year.

Other phases of the renovation include a new customer lounge, facial uplifting of the building exterior and a standalone facility for a line of Kia vehicles.

Manhattan, KS
The owners of Bubble Wash, LLC have broken ground on the company’s second carwash location.

Bubble Wash Express will feature the company’s unique “Bubble–Dome” carwash building and an unattended version of Mac Neil Wash System’s Performance Mini Tunnel.

According to owner Joe McGraw, “With this combination, we will be able to wash four to five times more than we could with an in–bay automatic.

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