New carwash owner Blair Martineau is remaining confident while opening a new business in a struggling economy.
His new carwash, Ultimate Car Wash and Detailing Center, features a 100-foot tunnel and will employ about 14 people, including Martineau’s wife.
Martineau said he feels now is actually the right time to open a carwash, while gas prices are low. "Carwashes were really having a hard time when gas was four bucks a gallon,” he explained. “If you are dropping $100 in your tank, you don't want to add the price of a wash. We're about half that now. I think we're good."
Prime Shine Express has opened its 11th location and plans to have its 12th site completed later this year in Manteca, CA.
The newest Prime Shine, located on the east side of Modesto, was the company’s first remodel project and included renovations to everything from the equipment and power supply to the landscaping and color scheme.
"Prime Shine has been trying to find the right location on the east side of town almost from day one," Evan Porges, general manager of the family-run business, said. "We know we have a strong presence in Modesto. But the fact that we can take our product and company to a whole new part of town is really exciting."
Prime Shine, one of the 50 largest conveyor carwash chains in America, celebrated its 18th anniversary this month.
Metro Express, a $4 million, futuristic-looking carwash, is breaking ground this August.
The new Boise wash will have a 215-foot-long tunnel. Prices will range from $6 to $10.
Owner Bill Martin said, “We're going to do a lot of cutting-edge things at Nampa that haven't been done before to conserve resources and deliver a drier, cleaner and shinier car. We want to reduce our carbon footprint wherever possible."
Goo-Goo Car Wash celebrated the opening of its second 3 Minute EXPRESS Wash in Kentucky with a grand opening weekend this April.
Goo-Goo Car Wash, which has over 25 conveyor carwashes and a handful of self-serve sites throughout the country, gave away free washes, vacuumings and hot dogs with a portion of the day’s proceeds going to the Boy Scouts of America.
The company is among the 50 largest conveyor carwash operations in the country.
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Mr. Car Wash Mobile Car Wash and Detailing is now open for business, and hopes to save customers some gas money by driving to their homes to perform carwash and detail services.
The business, owned by Power House of Praise and Deliverance Center in Radcliff, KY, uses the motto: Don’t use your gas. We’ll come to you.
A team of three detailers typically drive out to the customer and a standard wash/detail service usually takes between 25 and 30 minutes.
The mobile unit is equipped with a 500-gallon water tank and services include hand washing, steam cleaning, and wheel cleaning.
John Fakiri, owner of Pioneer gas station, has spent $1.5 million over the last four months on a renovation project to add a pet washing area, five self-serve carwash bays, and one automatic wash bay to the business.
“Not too many places offer this; in Canada there are only a couple,” Fakiri said.