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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL
Though it's still in the planning stages, a recently-approved carwash and gas station here may end up being one of BP's most impressive locations.
The carwash design includes a tower and landscaping that the village's staff feels will be "particularly attractive."
John C. Graham, a partner in Graham Enterprises, said he wants the design to make it clear that the gas is BP brand, but the carwash is Graham's Maverick brand and not owned or operated by BP.
The carwash will include computer-operated gates and a heat chamber at the end of the tunnel so cars will be dry when they exit the building.
The noise expected from the carwash will be less than the traffic noise on the roads.
SALT LAKE CITY
Mister Car Wash now has a total of 74 locations, thanks to its recent acquisition of four Utah-based carwashes.
The chain acquired the Firehouse Car Washes, all of which are in Salt Lake City.
Ron Peterson, CEO of Mister Car Wash, stated in a press release, "We're extremely excited about continuing the work that Dow Jones and the whole Firehouse team has done in the Salt Lake community. We plan on leveraging all synergies to the benefit of the customer."
Mister is only behind Wash Depot by 10 locations. Wash Depot currently has the most locations in the United States with a total of 84 tunnel washes.
Peterson also stated in the press release, "Expanding into new markets is a central piece of our growth strategy, and we're continuously seeking additional multi-unit conveyor carwash opportunities to help fuel our growth."
After eight years, a gas station owner here finally broke ground on a $3.5 million renovation project that includes a carwash.
Owner Khosrow Haghshenas hopes the remodeled business will open in May, and the renovation will add a carwash, a larger store, a picnic area and a restaurant to the gas station.
Haghshenas went back and forth with the county planning commission for years over the business remodel, and he finally received the permits in late December of 2011. Currently the gas station employs four people, but the remodeled business may need as many as 20 employees.
The planning commission here approved the site plan for an Okie Express Car Wash despite local opposition.
The commission approved the plan submitted by owner Mike North in a 3-2 decision.
Some property owners in the area spoke out against the carwash and called it an "industrial-type business." Nearby residents also cited concerns about water runoff and noise.
"The drainage is a concern of me for environmental concerns," Emil Coffey, a nearby resident, said. "I contend the business should not be allowed. But if it is, it should be modified."
Despite the concerns raised, the vote on the plan is final. No city council vote is required because the plan does not include variances from city codes.
Tommy Terrific's Carwash announced it will open up a second location here this April.
A press release stated that the express exterior tunnel carwash will go up in the "growing and trendy" Henderson neighborhood. Construction is scheduled to begin this month.
This first Tommy carwash has been open since 2008.
Owner Tom Miller, a Dallas native, said they are excited for the new location. "We are excited to join this growing community and bring a much needed service to the area," he stated in the press release.
Miller has been a part of the carwash industry for more than 25 years and also owns and operates TradeMark CarWash, a full-service wash in Allen, TX.
Looking to connect with the neighborhood, Tommy Terrific's has signed on to sponsor the Henderson Art Project, which helps to support local artists and art venues.
A former pizzeria here is being torn down to make way for a carwash.
The carwash will be part of the already-existing Sheetz convenience store.
The City Council voted in January to approve the project. "The site will look really nice. It will clean up the corner," said Alex Lapinsky of H.F. Lenz Co., the engineering firm representing Sheetz.
Sheetz has been expanding its carwash presence in the area.
CAIRNS, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
A new Thrifty carwash has opened here at the Cairns Airport, and it will serve as a prototype for other washes to open across the continent.
Three other washes will open up over the next few months.
Thrifty Australia's Director of Operations Kayleen Collins stated, "Tropical North Queensland is very important to us. We've invested $800,000 (AUS) which means we are here for the long term. …The business is growing here and we want it to continue."
The eco-friendly automatic carwash also recycles its water and uses biodegradable chemicals.
"We can put hundreds of cars through in a day during the peak season," Collins said.
Thrifty is known throughout Australia as a car rental company.
As PC&D previously reported, the Australian Car Wash Industry Association joined forces with the Clean Up Australia to promote commercial carwashing as an eco-friendly industry. Their campaign aims to warn people about the dangers of at-home washing.