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October 11, 2010
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Reno, NV
Kent and Laurie Sweet wanted to open a carwash and they wanted to do it right. The couple spent years researching the industry, even joining the International Carwash Association (ICA) before they were formally owners.

The research paid off. Last month, the couple opened Galena Carwash, a three bay self-serve with an attached automatic bay. The wash is adjacent to the family's store, Galena Market.

“I have a miniature wastewater treatment plant in here,” Kent Sweet said. The wash will recycle more than 95 percent of its water.

Sweet has even been authorized to reclaim storm water — something Sweet claims has not yet been done in the industry.

The couple has hired an attendant to prep each car before it goes through the automatic wash. A basic wash at the automatic is $6, with a top wash costing $12.

Mokena, IL
Plans to build a 4,700-square-foot gas station on the corner of 191st Street and 88th Avenue in the Corporate Corridors North development have been approved.

The station will include six pumps, a two-bay carwash and a drive-though vendor. A 2,821-square-foot garden center encompassed by a 14-foot fence will also be on the property.

Memphis, TN
The first Goo Goo Car Wash here should be completed within the next month, and it definitely won't be the last.

Goo Goo intends to build three more express carwash sites in the Memphis market in the next year, a company spokesman said.

Currently, the company has over 35 carwashes in 10 states, 21 of which are part of its express carwash franchise. The latest location to open was in Grand Rapids, MI.

Memphis Express Wash LLC was approved for a $2.2 million loan to purchase 1.34 acres on a corner lot. Construction on the 3-minute express exterior should be completed by February.

Goo Goo, based in Columbus, GA, is rapidly expanding. More than ten express carwash sites are planned in the next six months.

While the company operates carwashes of every type — self-serve, in-bay automatic, full-serve and express exterior — it only franchises its express brand.

Littleton, CO
Living Water opened its second state-of-the-art location and held a grand opening for the new self-serve carwash last month.

Customers had the opportunity to meet the owners while enjoying free washes in the wash's automatic bay for the day.

Before designing the second wash, Living Water sent out questionnaires to approximately 350 Littleton residents and asked them to rate different products and services.

Due to popular demand, the new wash features an undercarraige wash in the self-serve bays.

“It was simple! We had a number of customers that actually asked for it and since we could not go out and buy the system, we built it ourselves,” Aaron Voorhees, president of Living Water Car Wash, said.

The Living Water technology line-up includes an Automatic Contour Wash by Karcher, payment by credit card in all self-serve and automatic bays, carpet shampooer, vacuums, and biodegradeble detergents.

Jackson, TN
Do Dah's Donuts and Graves Gold Leaf Gallery North were demolished to make room for Chad McGee’s sixth carwash, an upscale automatic.

“We have two bays that are traditional drive-through automatic, and one other tunnel,” McGee said.

The carwash will open April 1. The location, in North Jackson, is considered prime realty, McGee said.

“There is shopping here, and we also feel there is a need there in the community,” he said.

De Soto, KS
BDM Investments LLC’s proposal to build a six-bay self-serve carwash behind Meiners Market has been approved. One of the bays will be automatic, with room for another in the future. There will also be four vacuums, a carpet scrubber and a small office.

Redwood Falls, MN
Angela and Jon Watkins have re-opened the former Buggy Bathe Car Wash, now known as AJ's Autowash. The brother/sister team purchased the carwash in May 2006 and have been busy renovating the carwash ever since.

"We have a whole new conveyer system and new soft cloth machine and that will be opening back up," Angela Watkins said.

The new automatic bay is completely full-service, and accepts cash and credit cards for payment.

AJ's Autowash also has two self-serve and a touch-free automatic bay, which were re-opened this summer in July.

Asheboro, NC
The new $1.2 million carwash here will include two automatic bays and four self-serve. The project was described as a turn-key operation put together for Car Wash Concepts in Thomasville, NC.

Other features of the self-serve carwash include a 24-hour video surveillance system, various monitoring devices that will keep tabs and make immediate reports on such things as any technical problems, the amount of cash taken in and what happens at the building, a video screen will show a demonstration of different waxing and washing techniques that will be available.

The carwash will accept credit cards in all of the bays and at the vacuum stations.

Car Wash Concepts is 38 years old and has developed a total of over 400 sites in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Eastern Georgia and Northern Florida.

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