Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Ground Breaking

May 8, 2012

ATHENS, AL

A detail shop that opened here in March 2011 recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to its operation. Athens Auto Detailing, owned by William Hardison, now offers customers a variety of moving equipment and supplies. The shop offers items to protect customers' belongings and make moving easier.

U-Haul is partnering with business owners across North America to increase convenience for customers and help the environment, according to a company press release. "U-Haul is proud to be partnering with a quality independent business such as Athens Auto Detailing," Chuck Newell, president of the U-Haul Company of Northern Alabama, said in a statement. "William is a great example of the type of successful business relationship U-Haul has established in order to build and maintain a strong network of more than 15,000 independent dealers across North America."

SCOTTSDALE, AZ

A carwash, gas station, coffee shop, bistro, farmers market and wine shop multi-profit center has opened here called Tom's Thumb Fresh Market. Customers can get everything from fresh cheeses, to help from a wine sommelier, to blackened Angus burgers to fried oyster sandwiches.

The carwash is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the gas station is open 24/7. According to the business's website, the carwash is a tunnel wash and also offers hand washing and hand waxing services. The website also posted this statement on its homepage: Tom's Thumb Fresh Market is dedicated to making many of the mundane daily activities of life extraordinary. Whether it is filling up the car with gas, getting the car washed, grabbing a cup of coffee, catching a quick bite to eat or just picking up a bottle of wine for dinner at home, we want to make your time spent extraordinary.

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA

The newest Quick Quack Car Wash opened here on April 2 and offered free washes from April 2 through April 11.

Jason Johnson, president of Quick Quack Car Wash, said they are thrilled to finally open the facility which will serve their customers as the central location for their seven Sacramento area carwashes.

The new wash is located in the Sunrise Marketplace shopping district, just across the street from a mall.

ROME, GA

A new detail shop and self-serve wash has opened here across from the campus of Georgia Highlands College.

Armando Wright and Vincent Finley are owners of the new business, called Hands On, Hands Off. A carwash had previously operated at the location, but it had been closed for two years. Before Hands On, Hands Off opened, one of the business's bays was closed in to create the detailing area.

The business will offer 10 percent discounts to college students, teachers, military, law enforcement and public safety personnel.

CENTRAL POINT, OR

A planned train depot-style carwash is just one of four businesses opening here soon. James Geiger and his wife have plans for a Wash & Go Depot Car Wash on Highway 99, and they hope to break ground soon.

The 100-foot tunnel carwash will pay homage to the city's old train station that was once located close to the carwash's current property.

Geiger has owned various businesses, and he feels that the city is set for new businesses to succeed. The wash's location has approximately 22,000 cars passing it per day.

TULSA, OK

After five years as a mobile operation, Scott McElroy is opening a detail shop, Autoflections, in downtown Tulsa.

After starting the mobile detail business as an accounting student in college, the business has grown to include three employees and a shuttle service with more plans for the future.

ABERDEEN, MD

Plans for a new Royal Farms convenience store and carwash have been approved here and the site will cover 1.74 acres and will go up in place of a former Knights Inn Hotel.

Public Works Director Matt Lapinsky said they're eager to see the new business open. The designs for the site will go with the look of the village and have stonework and a Tudor-looking style. Also, there will be stonework around the gas pumps.

Initially, an architectural review team had concerns with the pending signage and buffers and called for more trees to go up before the plans were approved.