Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Ground Breaking - July 2013

June 20, 2013

CLOVIS, CA

Surf Thru Express Car Wash will spend $600,000 on a new location that will open this summer, TBJNow reported.

The March 15 story stated that the wash will be open for business by late July or early August. The business will create 16 new jobs that will include four or five full-time positions. Surf Thru currently has washes in Fresno, Clovis and Visalia that have performed well, leading to the new location.

“There are a lot of people and a lot of traffic within a mile of the location, with fantastic access and visibility,” Todd Gall, co-owner for Surf Thru, said in the story. The contractor for the build was Pickett & Sons Construction Inc.

SAN DIEGO

La Jolla Custom detailing redid a vacant do-it-yourself carwash that sat empty for quite a while, according to a LaJollaPatch.com story. T

he April 26 story stated that owner Steven Massey had been in the mobile detailing industry for 14 years, but decided to open up a permanent location in Windansea because of the city’s large number of exotic cars. La Jolla offers a wide variety of services ranging from restoration, preservation and maintenance of car interiors and exteriors that range in price from $15 to $295.

“We are one of the only 100 percent hand wash locations in La Jolla and we’re trying to be the best,” Massey said. “You won’t find any machines here.” La Jolla uses hand-picked waxes, cleaners, conditioners, polishes and cleaning compounds.

ANNISTON, AL

The new Anniston Super Wash was previously known as the Great American Car Wash, The Anniston Star reported.

The April 14 story stated that the reopened wash has little in common with its predecessor. The location has all-new automatic washing equipment and a custom-made vacuuming area. The lobby includes a coffee shop with hardwood floors, a leather couch, tables and chairs and free Wi-Fi. The coffee is free, but customers can purchase candy or snacks at the counter.

The couple who opened the wash also own Oxford Super Wash and previously owned a party store. The basic wash costs $5 while a full detail runs $12. The business also offers a $30 monthly package for unlimited washes.

CHICAGO

A newly constructed rental car center at Midway International Airport here now puts eight companies in the same spot, NBCChicago reported.

The April 9 story stated that the $55 million facility replaces the separate counters and parking lots that were located around the airport. It puts car rental companies Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Thrift and Enterprise together in a single location. "It's just easier for the customer to navigate. It's easier for the rental car organizations, creating a one-stop shop for them. They can fuel. They can turn their vehicle around quickly, washing and preparing it for the next customer all on site,"

Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said in the story. Water used to wash the rental vehicles will be recycled, and the center uses solar panels and wind turbines to create electricity. Also, a single fleet of shuttle buses fueled by bio-diesel will now use a dedicated road to move passengers between the airport and the center. The project's construction began in August 2011, and it was funded by airport revenue bonds backed by a fee paid by rental car customers for the past eight years.

CHICAGO

A new state-of-the-art Acura dealership here underwent extensive renovations and added a number of unique features, greenroofs.com reported.

The April 8 posting stated that McGrath Acura of Downtown Chicago's renovation took a 47,000-square-foot facility and added on 10,550 square feet. The update added a new service center, parts department and carwash. In addition, the property now includes a green roof that receives full sun and a parking lot made using permeable pavers.

"The pavers are designed to reduce the impervious area of the project and allow for storm water management in keeping with the City of Chicago’s best management practices. The pavers also serve as a walkway which extends along the Chicago River to an outdoor patio and sitting area where an ornamental fence frames the property," the story noted.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ

A family here admitted to being clueless about the car care business when they bought the multi-profit Speedi Car Wash in 2011, azdailysun.com reported.

The March 10 story stated that, over the past two decades, the family has owned hotels, a dry cleaning chain, a car lot, a rental car business, a strip mall and a flower shop. They spent approximately $3 million to add the carwash/c-store/gas station and hot dog drive-thru. Pragna Perma bought the gas station for $1.65 million. Then, friends helped him finance $1.4 million in renovations when the banks refused to help. Unfortunately, the project went over budget by $400,000.

Almost everything on the property was rebuilt in some way, Pragna noted in the story. The family is now planning to hold several fundraisers at the carwash. Proceeds from events held in April will benefit the American Cancer Society and two high schools.

ROME, GA

A downtown corridor here will receive an update when a strip shopping center and self-serve carwash are torn down, Rome News-Tribune reported. The April 1 story stated that a new Goo Goo Express Wash is being developed for the space, and it will take up nearly all the real estate.

Owner Brian Dulaney noted in the story that the Goo Goo wash would be similar to the carwash facilities he owns in Memphis and Chattanooga. “It’s going to take up the rest of that block,” he said in the story. “We’ll be taking down Hana’s Bakery, AC Specialty Electronics, all that shopping center and the existing self service car wash." Dulaney and his partners have over two dozen Goo Goo locations in eight states including Georgia, Michigan and Texas. “It’ll be high-tech, ATM-type machine type things, all up to date, computerized,” Dulaney said in the article.

GLADSTONE, MO

Executive Detail Center has opened a new service center, enabling the company to service northern Kansas City, a press release reported.

The May 9 press release stated that Executive offers hand washing and two-step hand waxing, full interior detailing, swirl and scratch removal, three-step paint correction, paintless dent repair and engine detailing. With three locations now in total, Executive also offers auto dealership reconditioning services. Other locations are in Merriam and Olathe, KS.

TUCSON, AZ

Mister Car Wash has acquired the Metro Express carwashes located in Boise, ID, a press release reported.

The May 17 press release quoted John Lai, CEO of Mister Car Wash, who stated, “Metro Express is a well recognized operation in Boise, and within the industry.  Bill Martin, Founder and CEO of Metro, is widely know for his innovations in technology and commitment to the community. We’re excited about acquiring these successful operations, and building upon such a strong base”.

Mister is still the largest carwash chain in the United States and now has 109 carwash locations, and 32 express lubes throughout 13 states.

Mister Car Wash Chairman Ron Peterson noted in the press release, “We’re the fastest growing company in our industry and acquisitions are an important component of our growth strategy.  We’re currently looking for single sites or multi-unit chains that will complement our portfolio of stores."

The company employs about 4,000 people and servcies more than 11 million cars a year.

MELFORT, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA

Spiffy Car Wash is now open for business here and it includes automatic wash bays, and a pet washing station, the Melfort Journal reported.

The May 21 story said husband and wife team, Ron and Jocelyn Ferguson, have already seen a lot of repeat customers. “Once they have come here and seen it and tried it there has been a lot of repeat businesses,” Ron said in the story. “Just getting them through the door is a big thing, but everyone has been really happy with the quality of the wash.”

To prepare themselves, the Fergusons visited dozens of carwashes to see what they liked and wanted to include in theirs.

They couple are trying to keep the business as green as possible and installed automatic lights and a green ventilation system.

As for the pet wash, Ron said it's building momentum. “It is a novelty thing. We have already had over 30 dogs through in the dog wash,” he said in the story.

And soon they will be offering detail services. “You can have your vehicle back in half an hour we have a little coffee spot in there so you can have coffee and read the paper while you wait,” Jocelyn said in the story.

MT. PLEASANT, OH

A once profitable self-serve carwash here had been closed down for five years after the owners passed away, but it's now open once again for business with a new owner, according to a Times Leader report.

The May 19 story said Steve Schubert purchased the wash, now called Schubert's Car Wash, last December.

Since December, Schubert has replaced or updated the equipment, installed new LED lighting and added new vending machines.

There are three bays in total and one is capable of washing large trucks. An automatic bay might be added eventually.

"I am going to make sure to keep this facility cleaned and properly maintained," Schubert said in the story. "People aren't going to want to come wash their vehicles and have to step through mud."

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL

A new BP gas station, automated carwash and c-store has opened here, the Daily Herald reported.

The May 14 story said the carwash, which is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., includes a heat chamber and a vacuum station.

The accompanying c-store is 3,000 square feet.

AHWATUKEE, AZ

The new Ahwatukee Auto Spa wants to be a one-stop shop for customers, the Ahwatukee Foothills News reported.

The May 1 story said Maurice Khoury decided to open the multi-profit center when an area gas station closed down. Khoury already owned a carwash/gas station combo and said the combo was a success, so he decided to try the same thing in Ahwatukee.

The business offers an automatic carwash, vacuum stations, a freestyle soda machine, ice cream with toppings, hot dogs, sandwiches, snow cones and beer.

COPLEY, OH

A carwash was recently added on as an additional profit center at a Conrad's Tire Service Inc. here in early April, a TireBusiness.com story reported.

The April 29 story said the carwash was added on at the 34 Conrad's location. The carwash has a 24-hour automatic LaserWash bay and a self-serve vacuum island.

Pat Tumino, the fixed assets manager for Conrad's, said this is the only location that will have a carwash due to space restrictions or too much competition at other locations.

“This is something we wanted to do for years," Tumino said in the story. "And in Copley it all made sense in that it was a big enough property, there was not any carwashes in the general vicinity, and it seemed to be one that made sense for us....Primarily it's to provide a service for our customers. They can come in, get their car done and maybe they're done with their oil change, they can get their car washed.

ST. AUSTELL, ENGLAND

The new carwash opened earlier this month and is located on the ground level of White River Place Shopping Centre and operated by 2G services Ltd., according to dca-pr.co.uk.

The April 29 story stated the new carwash is the only of its kind in the Cornwall area. The eco-friendly system uses a low-mist vehicle washing that only uses half of a liter of water.

The carwash operated as a drop off and collect service where customers can leave their cars parked, go shopping and return to a clean vehicle. 

White River Place Centre manager said in the story, “The new carwash is absolutely fantastic — you would never believe that you could get such a perfectly clean, glistening finishing using just half a liter of water but it really does work. The reaction we’ve had from shoppers so far has been fantastic – you really do need to try it for yourself to see just how efficient our eco-friendly system is.”

ANNISTON, AL

The new Anniston Super Wash was previously known as the Great American Car Wash, The Anniston Star reported.

The April 14 story stated that the reopened wash has little in common with its predecessor. The location has all-new automatic washing equipment and a custom-made vacuuming area.

The lobby includes a coffee shop with hardwood floors, a leather couch, tables and chairs and free Wi-Fi. The coffee is free, but customers can purchase candy or snacks at the counter.

The couple who opened the wash also own Oxford Super Wash and previously owned a party store.

The basic wash costs $5 while a full detail runs $12. The business also offers a $30 monthly package for unlimited washes.