RARITAN TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Shammy Shine carwash here, which has been out of business for five months due to a fire, is getting ready to reopen next week, the Hunterdon County Democrat reported.
The Feb. 20 story said the fire started in the detailing section and tore through the automatic carwash. Since then, many renovations and upgrades have been installed.
Referring to the new air blower, Craig Stem, president of the Shammy Shine chain, said in the story, “It’s much more efficient, and probably two times quieter than the older version," Stem said. "We expect cars to be virtually dry before they come out” of the building. The dryer, made in Colorado, is “highly energy-efficient."
Upgrades were also made to the apparatus, so “we will not have to do as much (manual) prep at the start of the process," Stem added.
One big change for the carwash is that a fire alarm system, which is connected to a monitoring service, has also been installed. There are also extra fire walls in the roof.
The quick lube portion of the business reopened a week after the fire and a hand-washing operation was set up in the self-serve bays. The staff used brushes, cloths, sponges and tubs of soapy water. Manager Matt Grouleff said they did have to cease operations for about a week at one point due to the extreme cold weather conditions.
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