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December 01, 2011
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Tampa, FL

The Tampa International Airport now offers both carwashing and detailing services for cars parked in its main terminal parking garage.

Prices start at $22 for a standard hand carwash and go up to $150 for a full detailing, which includes an interior and exterior cleaning, a full body clay and a hand-buffed Carnauba cream wax treatment.

The services are offered through Premier AutoSPA. Airport Chief Executive Joe Lopano said, "This is our latest initiative to enhance customer service."

Waukesha, WI

The Common Council here voted 14-1 in favor of plans for a new carwash. Woodman's Food Market wants to build a new 243,753-foot grocery store, warehouse, gas station and carwash, and the Plan Commission gave the okay for a conditional-use permit.

One council member, Kathleen Cummings, objected to the plans because of the "loss of industrial land" as the property used to serve as a concrete panel manufacturing facility.

The entire project will cost about $3.5 million.

Atlanta, GA

A new business here combines carwashing and detailing with an upscale restaurant.

The Auto Spa Bistro is located in what used to be an old gas station.

One half of the operation is a hand carwash and detailing service with VIP lanes, and the other half is a restaurant that seats 50 and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

There are two chefs on staff, and the menu reinforces the auto theme with a Bugatti Burger and an Audi Three-Egg Omelet. There is even a bar on-site that offers beer, wine and mixed drinks.

"We're developing the country club of carwashes," said Lemont Bradley, CEO of the Auto Spa Bistro. "The real problem is probably going to be us running out of space for customers."

Bridlewood, Ontario, Canada

A 9-year-old began saving towards his education here after starting a car detailing business last summer.

Ricky Davidson started Ricky's Car Clean-Up at the urging of a family friend.

Ricky's mother had a friend whose car needed cleaning, so he scrubbed the interior of the car, vacuumed and wiped down the seats.

"She liked it," Davidson said. "She asked if I wanted to start a business, I said 'yes.'"

Davidson cleaned over 20 cars during the summer, and he used his profits to buy an iPod Touch and some sneakers. The rest of the money has been put into a bank account for college and a new hockey stick.

Davidson continued his business until the end of the fall, and he plans to start back up in the spring.

Revesby, New South Wales, Australia

After making a few changes to the application, a combination carwash and café was approved here by the Bankstown Council.

Plans for the carwash and parking station were first lodged in January of 2011, but the council cited non-compliance problems. A site meeting in late July prompted the applicant to make further modifications.

The council wanted the application to only relate to 2 Queen St. instead of including an adjoining repair business at 4 Queen St.

Also, the ruling stated the median island on Queen Street would need to be extended to limit northbound vehicle entry, and the developer would cover the cost.

Comstock Township, MI

An automated carwash will soon be built behind a Meijer gas station here.

The site plan and special use exception for the carwash were approved unanimously by the Comstock Township Planning Commission after a public hearing.

Four neighbors attended the hearing to express opposition to the plan. They said there are enough carwashes in the area, and the new business could cause problems with noise, lighting and trash.

Corbin Buttleman, owner of the proposed Xtreme Clean Car Wash, said that he will run a clean business, lights will be directed away from residences and noise will be kept to a minimum with trees and a berm.

There will be no employees on-site, but a telephone number will be posted so customers and residents can call with concerns.

Blue Springs, MO

Plans for a new carwash have been approved here after the passage of two requests during a planning commission meeting. A rezoning of the property from general business to regional commercial and a concept plan that laid out the facility were both approved during the meeting.According to Mirror Image Carwash's attorney, the facility will be state-of-the-art and equipped with a 125-foot tunnel. It will also be able to accommodate a stack of 27 cars.Opposition to the new wash was raised by an attorney representing the Spot-Not Car Wash and by Bubble Time Car Wash Owner Jeffrey Luzum.

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