Grand Chute, WI
Plans for the Good to Go Carwash were a bit stymied at first, but the eco–friendly carwash is scheduled to be open by the end of this month, according to Lorn Dilley, who co–owns the property where the carwash will be built.
The carwash includes a unique robot-run convenience store. Plans first called for the carwash to go up in February 2008, but weather and equipment issues delayed the project.
San Leandro, CA
A year after Hesperian 100% Hand Carwash first opened its tunnel, owners Michael Mansouria and Shahbon Amin are enjoying some attention from the local press for their water–saving efforts.
Mansouria and Amin said there was a lot of red tape involved in the beginning of the project as they strived to meet the city’s specifications for water conservation. In the end, the pair said jumping through all the hoops was worth it.
The carwash includes reclamation equipment that recycles 85 percent of the water used. The business also uses environmentally–friendly cleaning products, waxes and soaps, so that whatever does get washed away is bio–degradable.
The site has a 76 Gas Station and customers who purchase gasoline save 20 cents off each gallon if they purchase a carwash. Pricing for the wash starts at $8 for an express hand wash.
After nearly two years in the courtroom and six months of construction, Broadway Auto Clinic is bigger and better than ever before, according to owners Richard and Sandra Hameroff.
The couple reached an out–of–court settlement with Queri Development Co. in January 2008 that helped fund the auto shop’s move from Albany, NY, to Menands. Queri had tried to evict the Hameroffs from their property to pursue an apartment and hotel project.
The new, $2 million Broadway Auto Clinic opened in November. The 12,000 square foot building is 10 times larger than the prior location, and features several new multi–profit ventures — a quick lube, a carwash and a self–serve dog wash.
“It’s been a long process, a long process,” Sandra Hameroff said. “And it’s finally coming together.”
Although Hameroff was initially worried that customers would not be able to find the business at its new location, she said business has been very good so far.