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Ground Breaking

October 11, 2010
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Savage, MI
High Tide Wash & Detail, which used to be High Tide Car Wash, is under new ownership.

The wash now offers a variety of professional detailing services for cars, boats, RVs and semitrailer trucks. It also has a shuttle service available for customers.

High Tide Wash & Detail is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m, Monday through Friday.

Sparta, MI
Plans for a Family Fare gas station, to be located here, have been approved.
The local planning commission voted in favor of the Spartan Stores Fuel LLC facility, which will include a touchless carwash and 1,100-square-foot convenience store.

Laconia, PA
Plans to enhance an old carwash have been approved by the town here.

The automated carwash will soon include a service center and dealership.

New owners Jon Pike and David McGreevy said the facility will offer services such as oil changes and small fixes. They plan to revamp the existing pavement surrounding the building into floor space that will display cars for sale.

Cupertino, CA
The owner of the Homestead Lanes Bowling Center has been granted permission to build a carwash on the property’s parking lot.

The Cupertino Planning Commission said the carwash meets the recreational zoning regulations.

Owner Greg Malley said the addition will help make his establishment more competitive with a nearby bowling and entertainment center.

Malley said, “The new bowling center about two miles away eats into our revenue. I see adding a carwash as a solution to our problem and a service to the community.”

One resident spoke out against the carwash, saying it will take up 14 parking spaces from the already crowded parking lot.

Salem, OR
The Blue Elephant Car Wash is open for business here, nearby a bank which frequently allows students to host carwash fundraisers in its parking lot. Another carwash, Johns Car Wash, is scheduled to open later this year in the same area.

Colfax, CA
After ten years of research, Brenda and Chris Toepfer are bringing automatic carwashing to this city.

The couple will celebrate the grand opening of their self-serve carwash in May, although it is already operational and open to the public. The four-bay self serve also has a touchless in-bay automatic — the city’s first.

“When we first moved here in 1996, we said we had to build a carwash,” said Brenda. “It took us 10 years to do it.”

The couple did a great deal of research, including attending a carwash convention in Las Vegas, before starting construction late last year.

“We drove through a lot of carwashes in Reno,” she said, adding they talked with other owners about the problems and successes they encountered.

At least 85 percent of the water used at the site will be recycled.