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Ground Breaking

October 26, 2011
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Charlotte, NC

The City Council here voted on September 19 to rezone a lot for a new Autobell Car Wash here.

The land is currently occupied by a closed preschool. The lot was considered a residential section until the vote was made.

Though the location is near the commercial and office hub of SouthPark, it's in the middle of a mostly green stretch.

Some neighbors fought the project due to concerns about heavy traffic and carwash noise.

Autobell is one of the top three carwash chains in the nation, in terms of the number of locations, and opened its 63rd location in Virginia Beach, VA, over the summer.

Autobell has locations in four states including North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, and employs about 2,000 people.

Wailuku, HI

The Maui Planning Commission unanimously agreed to allow for a Costco to add on a carwash and gas station.

Costco hopes to start construction in January after it acquires 4.1 acres next to the building. Costco said it would dig its own well which will provide brackish water for irrigation purposes.

Dairy Road Partners, which operates a nearby Superstop gas station, tried to stop the Commission from approving Costco's plan, stating it would cause traffic congestion in the area, but their petition was denied.

Romeoville, IL

NASCAR Car Wash announced that the grand opening of its first location was held in Romeoville, IL, on September 15.

The new carwash is just miles away from Chicagoland Speedway. And, NASCAR's version of the playoffs — the Chase for the Sprint Cup — kicked off at the speedway on the same day as the wash's grand opening.

Projected growth for the NASCAR Car Wash chain currently includes 30 to 50 locations in the markets of Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and upper Indiana. And if that happens, the expansion puts the company on pace to be the largest carwash chain in the nation.

NASCAR Car Wash has multiple re-flaggings and groundbreakings planned in the Chicago area and across the Midwest in the coming months. The company stated it expects to wash 10,000 cars per location each month, and each wash will employ an average of 40 people.

West Carthage, NY

Lube Express Detail and Wash opened an automatic and self-service combination carwash here.

Owner Kent Burto operated an automatic carwash in Carthage for nearly 13 years before moving the business to West Carthage. He hopes the wash's revenue will improve at the new location.

Though the automatic carwash moved, the four self-serve bays at the old location will remain open.

Prices for the automatic carwash are between $7 and $11 depending on the service a customer chooses.

Lindstrom, MN

The Lindstrom City Council has approved plans for a new carwash/c-store and gas station multi-profit center. A conditional use permit was issued for the business in a 4-0 vote which will allow for open outdoor storage, a parking area and general site improvements.

The multi-profit center will be open 24/7. The carwash will recycle and re-circulate filtered water through a buried settling tank.

Moon Township, PA

A combination carwash, dog wash and drive-thru coffee shop was recently opened here.

The Moon Flight Car & Dog Wash, opened by brothers Eric and Scott Wroblewski, features five carwashing stations and two dog grooming stations next to a coffee drive-thru.

Construction on the wash's 3,406-square-foot building was recently completed, and there were plans to hire three staff members to operate the facility.

"My brother lives in Sewickley, and we know that within lower Moon Township there are no carwashes," Eric Wroblewski said. "And we thought it would be a good opportunity, especially with [the location] being right by Sewickley."

Wroblewski also operates a Valero gas station, carwash and convenience store in Zelienople, but the hybrid carwash and coffee shop is a first-time venture for the family.

Kenilworth, IL

Auto detail shop, The Last Detail, which specializes in storing and maintaining luxury cars branched out to a second location here.

Owner Tom Snellback chose the new location because he wanted a galleria in the area where he could sell cars, do minimal maintenance and provide better service to his customers.

The Last Detail's galleria features cars from the 1920s through the 1950s as well as rare European models. In the back half of the building, there is a space set up for detailing, carwashes and oil changes.

The building, formerly a Midas shop, has a durable feature in its unique overhead rafters. "The character of the barrel-shaped ceiling is why we purchased it," Snellback said. "They don't make buildings like this anymore."

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