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Ground Breaking

October 11, 2010
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Seymour, CT
A new carwash, complete with a 100-foot tunnel, has opened here and the chairman of the town’s Economic Development Commission expects it will be a great success.

The 3,000-square-foot carwash is located behind a Starbucks, and officially opened its doors on Feb. 15.

Owner Phil Pedro spent $900,000 on the wash, designed by Belanger, Inc., which is red and yellow with checkerboard trim.

Jon Szuch, chairman of Seymour’s Economic Development Commission, said the carwash is a “much needed business for Seymour and surrounding towns.” He continued, “I expect that this business will be a gold mine and Seymour welcomes it with open arms.”

Westminster, MD
Looking to evolve with the needs of its customer, a Jiffy Mart convenience store here is adding on a carwash.

Jiffy Mart, a convenience store chain throughout Maryland, has placed an Autec EV-1 Soft Touch Como Car Wash System at its Westminster location.

The carwash offers four different washing packages and customers get a 10-cents-per-gallon discount on gasoline purchases.

Houston, TX
Talk about a clean break, a former Washington Mutual bank is now a carwash, thanks to owner J. Ryan Alcorn.

The former bank’s bullet-proof glass window now serves as a coffee table for the Soap Hand Car Wash and the vault has stayed in place — although it’s not clear if Alcorn is stashing his profits away inside.

Alcorn opened the carwash on Jan. 21 and his re-purposing of the building isn’t exactly an anomaly; banks in the area have become sought after real estate for commercial businesses due to widespread failure in the area’s banking sector.

Fort Washington, PA
A new carwash is part of an effort to revitalize this area, along with a WaWa convenience store/gas station and CVS store.

The unnamed state-of-the-art carwash will be constructed across the street from a 3.5 acre landmark property which is getting new landscaping, curbs, sidewalks and decorative fencing. A community living center is being looked at for that property.

Atlanta, GA
Carsmetics, a vehicle repair service and detail shop based in Florida, has expanded into the Atlanta market with its newest location.

Carsmetics, which has 17 shops in Florida and South Carolina, provides major and minor repair work, and cosmetic services within 24 hours.

The company intends to open additional locations in Georgia.

Santa Barbara, CA
The new rental car facility at Santa Barbara Airport, complete with its own carwash and fueling station, has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.

The 10,000-square-foot maintenance and support building can store more than 300 vehicles.

The rental car facility and its carwash meet LEED guidelines that include energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, solid waste reduction, renewable energy generation, and the use of green building materials.

Westborough, MA
A new detail shop, Velez Auto Detailing, opened here.

The shop gave a 20 percent discount during its grand opening celebration on Jan. 29.

The family-run business is located behind an Enterprise Rent-A-Car business and said it prides itself on quality work and competitive pricing.

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