October 11, 2010
Rock Island, IL
An automatic carwash has reopened here with plans to be even bigger and better than before.
The new owners intend to open an auto service station next week, and a coffee shop and convenience store later this summer. The carwash will use biodegradable wash chemicals, as well as a water recycling system.
The multi-profit center will be named BearTrac Junction Service Complex and the purchase and renovation of the existing building cost $300,000.
The loan and approval process for the carwash was surprisingly easy.
“What really kept us moving and moving forward was the cooperation and ease of working with the city of Rock Island,” said the new owner. “They’ve been phenomenal. I was so shocked. You always worry about bureaucracy with government.”
A new carwash and café here will offer customers a full-service carwash and Italian coffee. About 25 new jobs will be created with the launch of the carwash.
Customers will be served coffee and treats alongside wireless internet and plasma screen TVs.
Misty Lanes Car Wash is open and ready for a busy summer. The new carwash features three self-serve bays and one touchless in-bay automatic.
Owners Laine and Misti Doucet are “proud to be the only 75-cent carwash” in the area. The Doucets celebrated the opening of the carwash with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
A new carwash here is offering vehicle owners an alternative to home washing and gas station rollovers in this city of few carwashes.
Construction on the carwash started in July. It offers waxing and other services that a nearby hand wash does not.
Mady’s Auto Spa was purchased by Don Snowell and his business partner, Wendy Hix. The location is now home to Snowell’s Auto World, a carwash and repair shop.
The group of investors paid $825,000 for the former auto spa business.
The property is comprised of three parcels measuring 57,145 square feet. On top of them sit three buildings, two of which are joined, including the automatic carwash, adjoining garage and self-serve carwash.
Snowell is planning to put a used car lot next to the self-serve carwash. A sales office is being constructed on the north end of that building.
River Falls, WI
Main Street Car Wash and Lube Center, formerly known as Wonder Wash Wonder Lube, has changed ownership and names.
The carwash will be changing slightly, including the addition of contemporary equipment, heated concrete runners on each side of the carwash stalls and machines that accept bills or credit cards.
Scott Zahnow bought the business from Bob Clements, founder of the Wonder Wash Wonder Lube chain. Zahnow owns four other carwashes in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Zahnow’s nephews will operate the carwash, and a four-year Wonder Wash Wonder Lube employee will operate the lube center.