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Ground Breaking - September 2013

August 21, 2013
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NEW LENOX, IL

Chicago-based Fuller Car Wash was given approval to open up another carwash in New Lenox, a Chicago suburb.

The New Lenox site will mark the fifteenth Fuller Car Wash in the Chicago area.

“This is just one more amenity in town,” Village Board Trustee Ray Tuminello said in the Chicago Tribune story. “ … I am really excited.”

The building permit will not be issued until a billboard is removed from the property.

RAPID CITY, SD

The Rapid City Regional Airport is adding on a $2.9 million carwash that will wash rental cars, the Rapid City Journal reported.

The June 24 story said the airport sold 20-year bonds to pay for the carwash. Car rental companies contracted with the airport will pay for the carwash.

The plan to build the carwash was approved in 2010, but the construction bid was not assigned until last May to Dean Kurtz Construction.

Airport Board member Todd Ossenfort was against the plan. "I don't believe it falls under the Rapid City airport's mission to provide a car wash for the rental car agencies," Ossenfort said in the story. "It's not the mission of the Rapid City airport to provide a $2.9 million facility to the rental car agencies."

The car rental agencies involved are Hertz, Budget, Enterprise, Avis, Alamo and National. Rental agencies not part of the agreement will not be allowed to use it.

HAMILTON, BERMUDA

Green Star, a mobile detailing business, has settled on a location where clients can drop off their vehicles, the Bermuda Sun reported.

Green Star owner Owen Millett said while they now have a location where people can bring their cars to get cleaned, “people will still be able to call and get their care clean wherever they are. Whether that’s Dundonald Street or Front Street, they can utilize our service to have their car clean.”

RICHMOND, VA

Founders of luxury car service BioRide have started a mobile detailing business with a ninja theme.

Appropriately called Ninja Detailing the company works on both vehicles and boats.

“The whole brand of the ninja is fast. It’s quick. It’s discrete,” Co-owner Jeff Anderson said in the RichmondBizSense.com article. “That’s what we want out of our mobile detailing business.”

Ninja Detailing uses paid interns to detail and uses a martial arts-type ranking system in their training: Trainees begin as white belts, then yellow, then green. Once fully trained they become black belts.

However, in order to earn the black belt the intern must propose and implement a community service project. Ninja Detailing owners say the curriculum teaches the interns how to present to clients, analyze budgets and problem solving.

SAN DIEGO, CA

All American Detail, based in Orange County, has announced plans to expand to San Diego County.

Founded in 2007, All American Detail is a mobile detailer that comes to a customer’s home or office. They supply their own water and power.

The expansion will provide “the ultimate mobile car and auto detailing experience for Southern California” according to the press release.

All American Detail provides services ranging from a Mini-detail to a Platinum detail.

TUCSON, AZ

Mister Car Washhas acquired the Bubbles Car Wash chain which operated 13 locations in Houston, Texas.

According to the press release, Mister Car Wash now operates 122 car washes in the United States.

Earlier this year, Mister Car Wash acquired two Cactus carwashes, two Soaks carwashes and three Metro carwashes. 

“We're thrilled to have the opportunity to acquire Bubbles.  Bill Lawrence, Clayton Clark and Bill DeArman did a wonderful job building a great business," Ron Peterson, chairman of Mister Car Wash said. "This deal is going to further strengthen our position in Houston.” 

Bill Lawrence, Chairman of Bubbles Enterprise, LTD said in the release. "We look to a bright future for our employees and enhanced choice for Houston car wash customers. I felt confident that Mister Car Wash was the right company to sell my business to because they're car washers just like us and they know how important people are to the equation."

 Mister Car Wash is the largest carwash operator in the U.S.

EDWARDS AIRFORCE BASE, CA

The Edwards Automatic Car Wash has been upgraded with new equipment, the base website reports.

The carwash, which had been closed while undergoing renovations, reopened on July 10.

AUSTIN, TX

A Palms carwash has opened in northwest Austin, the second in the metro area.

The carwash offers full detailing services, free vacuums and an $8 express service.

LUFKIN, TX

K&D Car Wash is now offering self-serve pet washing.

Owner David Sanders renovated one of his carwash bays in order to allow customers to wash their pets.

 “I have a dog and he needs to be washed,” Sanders said in the KTRE 9 story. “… I just thought it was neat. I really liked the concept, and no one else was doing it.”

Sanders said the pet washing business picked up after a customer posted images to her Facebook page.

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA

Following their closure due to water usage restrictions, Calgary Co-op has re-opened three carwashes in Calgary, Airdrie and Strathmore.

Their carwash in High River remained closed due to an evacuation order for the town. The restrictions and evacuation orders were put in place following flooding in the city of Calgary.

Calgary Co-op also donated $25,000 to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, according to the Yahoo! story.

SAN DIEGO, CA

Soapy Joe’s Car Wash is celebrating the opening of their eighth location in San Diego by giving away 100 free annual carwash passes.

On the Friday and Saturday after it opened, Soapy Joe’s gave its first 50 customers vouchers allowing them free washes for a full year. All other customers were given a free wash.

 “Our customers keep coming back because they trust out service and always leave happy about their vehicle’s appearance,” Soapy Joe’s CEO Lorens Attisha said in the UTSanDiego.com story

FALLBROOK, CA

A $200,000 24-hour Max Car Wash has opened in Fallbrook, boasting the latest state-of-the-art technology.

Max Car wash Owner Christian De Ferari said the wash’s Istobal MX22 is “extremely programmable” and “has more sensors and relays to get optimum pressure.”

He offered customers a 50 percent deal during the location’s grand opening.

Ferari said he named the wash after his son, Max.

ANOKA, MN

This city has approved rezoning plans to allow for a carwash to go up in an area that was once only zoned for offices, ABC Newspapers.org reported.

The June 20 story said the city's decision was met with controversy as neighbors do not want a carwash in their neighborhood. 

“I’m very disappointed,” said neighbor Pat Peterson. “That’s really going to affect my home’s value and the enjoyment of my home. ...I would rather see something like small retail or offices.”

The carwash will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. According to the story, plans call for a 4,025 square-foot carwash building and a 2,100 square-foot retail building.

Property owner Brad Dunham said he has conducted a well-researched sound study and has worked with the architects involved to make sure the sound coming from the carwash is buffered.

Dunham will use trees and fences as well as the design of the building, to help block the noise coming from the vacuum cleaners and the dryers.

“I have been listening to the neighbors and I am here to be a good neighbor,” Dunham said in the story.