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Ground Breaking October 2012

September 28, 2012
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DELAND, FL

A recently closed restaurant property here will soon be home to a new carwash.

A carwash operator purchased the former Denny’s restaurant location for $467,000. The property is located in front of Victoria Square shopping center.

Details, including the name of the carwash operator or when the new carwash is expected to open, have not been made public.

The owner of the closed Denny’s location said the restaurant was closed because it was losing money. The business closed in early July.

SAVANNAH, GA

A carwash owner has plans for a second location that will be environmentally friendly.

The new Savannah Car Wash will feature a state-of-the-art water recycling system. This will allow the wash to reuse 93 percent of the water used.

Owner Michael Wakely said Savannah Car Wash’s first location succeeded in capturing discerning clientele. In fact, detailing has proven to be a lucrative part of the wash’s business, and waxing constitutes a third of its sales.

Wakely previously owned seven Jiffy Lube locations. He bought his first carwash in 2004, and sold his lube operations to a large-scale operator.

FREDERICKSBURG, VA

A carwash was purchased by two local real estate investors here.

Mark Doherty and Jeremy McCommons who own Foundation Companies and MacDoc Realty bought the business for $1.1 million.

The pair submitted the winning bid during an afternoon auction held in August. About 30 people attended the auction for the 3,000-square-foot building, and 10 bids were placed.

McCommons said that the company is still deciding whether they will run the carwash itself or find an operator instead.

REDONDO BEACH, CA

For a decade, a deserted carwash on a busy street here sat crumbling with cracked asphalt, graffiti-covered walls and broken windows. In fact, homeless people were often found sleeping at the location for years.

Councilman Bill Brand even included the property in his 2009 campaign and he promised to get the land developed and to keep it zoned for commercial use.

There were proposals to build a supermarket and a fast food restaurant, but in June carwash consultant Chris McKenna, who is also a Professional Carwashing & Detailing contributor, signed a 35-year lease with two partners to operate the Redondo Auto Spa. Residents and city leaders joined together on-site to celebrate the plan for the property.

When the wash is completed, it is expected to be the first hydrogen-cell powered carwash in the country. According to story, natural gas will be turned into hydrogen and then electricity. Also, the water will be recycled.

The Redondo Auto Spa will require an investment of approximately $1.3 million. The new building will be about 3,700 square feet, and it will be able to process about 35 cars an hour.

McMINVILLE, OR

Super Wash opened its first Oregon location here in a newly constructed facility next to Wal-Mart.

The coin-operated wash features three self-serve bays as well as two in-bay automatics which the business calls “supermatics.” The wash also has vending machines, which offer up washing accessories, as well as a change machine and five vacuums.

General Manager Scott Cure said the bays are open 24 hours a day year-round, and an attendant will be on duty between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for the first three months to help customers become familiar with the wash equipment.

After the opening period, Cure said he plans to maintain a significant presence.

Free wash coupons for the grand opening ceremony were offered up in a local newspaper and distributed by hand. The celebration ran from noon to 7 p.m. on August 17 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 18.

CAROL STEAM, IL

A Mobil gas station here is being renovated and will soon include a conveyor carwash and c-store.

The existing c-store will be demolished to make room for the new 4,200-square-foot Bucky’s Express convenience store and carwash.

The Mobil station, which had been open since the late 1970s, has been closed since April 2011

ESCONDIDO, CA

Residents here fought the new Talk of the Town carwash for eight years; but, despite their efforts, construction is now well under way.

The project recently received approval for an extension of the developer’s conditional use permit as well as the addition of a second driveway.

The project includes a 4,150-square-foot family style restaurant and a 5,500-square-foot automated carwash as well as an oil change business. The project is expected to be completed in nine to 12 months with the restaurant required to open first.

Residents fought the carwash for almost a decade, saying it was inappropriate for the area and it would create additional noise and traffic. Though the project was first approved in 2010, it was delayed due to the poor economy and negotiations with the neighbors over a sound wall.

With the addition of the second driveway, residents and council members expressed concern that a fast-food, drive-thru restaurant would be built at the site, but the owner said he would deliver on the promise of making sure it’s a family style sit-down restaurant.

O’FALLON, MO

A Mobil On the Run store will be back in business inside a carwash here within the next week.

The Aug. 2 story stated that Country Club Car Wash’s c-store renovations and rebranding should be completed soon. The former Mobil On the Run location across the street from the carwash was torn down to make way for a new CVS pharmacy.

The Mobil On the Run station and the carwash were both under the same ownership, so the Mobil-branded store just moved into the carwash.

Construction began in early May of this year.

TEXAS CITY, TX

Archie Hart is the new owner of Island Auto Wash, which was previously known as The Ritz Car Wash.

The July 31 story said the lease-purchase agreement was finalized last Friday.

Hart said he is going to start working on modernizing the equipment.

The carwash will employ about 25 people.

BRANDON, IA

Detailer Brian Oldenkamp is expanding his business and adding a second Oldenkamp Detail location here.

Oldenkamp was familiar with the community because he is a racing buff that has been at the local speedway weekly for the past five years as part of a pit crew. His first location in nearby Sheldon has fared well over the past six years, and he is interested in opening a location in Brandon because there is a bigger customer base in the city.

The Sheldon location currently has two employees, and, if the new location takes off, there are plans to hire help there too. The new shop will be open by appointment, and Oldenkamp hopes to be open two to three days each week.

Oldenkamp Detail will provide detailing, window tinting, remote start installation and electronic installation.

PARMA, OH

A Touch of Class Auto Body Inc. here wants to expand its business and add a second building solely for auto detailing.

The expansion was approved by the planning commission here, but now it goes to the board of zoning appeals because it would require at least four zoning variances.

The owner has already added three new workers due to the expansion. And, to make room for the new building, a vacant print shop next to the body shop would have to be torn down.

Zoning variances are needed to exceed maximum lot coverage, to build close to a property line, to provide a landscape buffer and to set the size of the parking area. Also, the city is asking the business to shield nearby residents from bright parking-lot lights.

Code requires that the business install “brickscaping” or stamped concrete along a road as well. If it does not, that would require another variance.

COMMACK, NY

A carwash here received approval for recent expansions to its hand wash and car detailing business.

Commack Car Wash had previously built three expansions, and town board members here unanimously approved the legalization of the improvements. The business now covers 3,564-square-feet.

The wash, owned and operated by Rob Glen Enterprises, had already constructed the expansions, and the town’s decision allows the business to legally maintain the extra space. The applicant stated that the expansion brought benefits to the community by creating new jobs.

Approval was also given for the wash to divide itself from the deserted gas station and garage that is located next to the business.