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Welcome to the 2019 Top 50 U.S. Conveyor Chain List, accounting the leading operators of conveyor/tunnel carwashes based on number of locations. Since last year’s list, our editorial staff has worked with industry partners as well as carwash owners and operators that are found on the list to compile this research in order to ensure the highest level of credibility possible.

Only five years ago, as our country and industry were in the midst of recovering from one of the most significant economic setbacks in recent decades, our 2014 Top 50 list looked much different. Mister Car Wash led the 2014 list with 134 locations, and the baseline to make the list was only six locations. Zips Car Wash, according to the 2014 list, had 12 locations (now 194 locations). Many of the carwashes on the 2014 list would eventually be acquired by some of this year’s Top 50 companies.

Although the industry has changed immensely — especially among tunnel/conveyor operators — it is still considered highly fragmented and primed for more consolidation. While the Top 50 conveyor operators still only own a single-digit percentage of the total number of locations in the U.S., some experts believe that within the next five to 10 years, that percentage could climb to 20% to 40% as the push to consolidate continues.

Our 2014 list featured just 894 locations. Only five years later, this year’s list contains 1,837 locations — a 105% increase over this period.

While change has been relatively fast among this segment of operators, experts suggest that this is just the beginning phases of consolidation for various reasons, including the availability of capital.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the familiar top five.

This year, Mister Car Wash grew by 54 locations and managed to surpass 300, keeping its hold on first place. Zips also grew by 54 and is nearing the 200 mark, solidifying its position in second. International Car Wash Group remains in third place, having grown by 17 locations and getting to 151. Quick Quack rose from fifth into fourth place by adding 27 locations and surpassing the 100 mark. Finally, Autobell rounded out fifth place with a total of 84, having added three locations.

Without further ado, we present the 2019 Top 50 list.

1. Mister Car Wash

Tucson, AZ
www.mistercarwash.com
318 locations

The Mister Car Wash brand is anchored in quality, friendliness and its commitment to creating memorable customer experiences. Mister Car Wash’s people are what make it successful and allow it to achieve these high standards. The company continues to focus on recruiting and retaining top talent, developing best-in-class training programs and investing in employee benefits to cultivate a positive company culture. The Mister Car Wash brand is about inspiring potential and giving both its employees and customers the motivation to be their best.

2. Zips Car Wash

Little Rock, AR
www.zipscarwash.com
194 locations

The Zips Way culture at Zips Car Wash continues to grow, as does their footprint across the United States. By year end, Zips will operate 194 stores in over 17 states in an effort to grow in their endeavors to do more for the communities they serve. In 2019, Zips formed a partnership with Susan G. Komen® and will embark on a journey to Wash for a Cure over the coming year. In addition, Zips is utilizing technology to offer unique offerings for their customers. Their strong community partnerships show their intense pursuit to change the way consumers think about the carwash industry.

3. International Car Wash Group (ICWG)

Centennial, CO
www.icwg.com
151 locations

The International Car Wash Group (ICWG) is the world’s largest local carwash, cleaning more than 40 million cars a year. It operates over 900 locations in 14 countries across the U.S., Europe and Australia, with 151 U.S. venues. The company was founded in Germany in 1965 under the IMO brand, the name still used at its non-U.S. locations. ICWG operates in the U.S. under the Car Wash USA Express, Goo-Goo Express and Supersonic Car Wash brands. ICWG is committed to operational excellence and innovative customer service.

4. Quick Quack Car Wash

Roseville, CA
www.dontdrivedirty.com
101 locations

Founded in 2004 in Sacramento, California, Quick Quack Car Wash is a fast-growing chain of exterior-only, express carwash locations in Arizona, California, Texas, Utah and Colorado. Quick Quack is regularly recognized for its community-building efforts as well as its environmentally friendly business practices. In addition to a big yellow mascot duck named “Quackals,” Quick Quack is best known for free, self-service vacuums and unlimited carwash memberships. Don’t Drive Dirty!™

5. Autobell Car Wash

Charlotte, NC
www.autobell.com
84 locations

Celebrating 50 years of customer service in 2019, Autobell® Car Wash was founded in 1969 in Charlotte by the late Charles Howard Sr. and remains privately held and operated by subsequent generations of the Howard family. Now operating in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Maryland with consistent expansion, Autobell continues its commitment to customer focus, environmental protection and conservation, employee training and development, community relations and charitable support.

Rank

Organization Name

City

State

URL

No. of
locations

6

Wash Depot Holdings Inc.

Fort Lauderdale

FL

www.cleancarfeeling.com

47

7

Golden Nozzle CarWash

Worcester

MA

www.goldennozzlecarwash.com

42

8

Mammoth Holdings

Atlanta

GA

www.mammothholdings.com

36*

9

Raceway Express Car Wash

Phoenix

AZ

www.racewaycarwash.com

35

10

Tidal Wave Auto Spa

True Blue Car Wash

Thomaston

Scottsdale

GA

AZ

www.tidalwaveautospa.com

www.truebluecw.com

34

34

11 Crew Carwash Indianapolis IN

www.crewcarwash.com

33

12

Terrible Herbst

Las Vegas

NV

www.terribleherbst.com

30

13

Delta Sonic

Buffalo

NY

www.deltasoniccarwash.com

29

14

BlueWave Express

The Wash Tub

San Rafael

San Antonio

CA

TX

www.bluewaveexpress.com

www.washtub.com

28

28

15

Brown Bear Car Wash

Sam’s Xpress Car Wash

Tommy’s Express Car Wash

Seattle

Matthews

Holland

WA

NC

MI

www.brownbear.com

www.samsxpresscarwash.com

www.tommys-express.com

27

27

27

16

Tiger Express Wash

Columbia

MO

www.tigerexpresswash.com

26

17

Waterway® Carwash

St. Louis

MO

www.waterway.com

25

18

Cobblestone Auto Spa

Mike’s Carwash

Super Star Car Wash

Phoenix

Loveland

Chandler

AZ

OH

AZ

www.cobblestone.com

www.mikescarwash.com

www.superstarcarwashaz.com

24

24

24

19

Express Wash Concepts

Fuller’s Carwash

Russell Speeder’s Car Wash

Etna

Hinsdale

Norwalk

OH

IL

CT

www.expresswashconcepts.com

www.fullerscarwash.com

www.russellspeeders.com

23

23

23

20

Splash Car Wash

Greenwich

CT

www.splashcarwashes.com

21

21

Surf Thru Express Car Wash

Bakersfield

CA

www.surfthruexpress.com

20

22

Kaady Car Wash

Portland

OR

www.kaady.com

19

23

ScrubaDub Auto Wash Centers

Natick

MA

www.scrubadub.com

18

24

Hoffman Car Wash

Quick N Clean

Rich’s Car Wash

Washman Car Washes

Albany

Scottsdale

Saraland

Portland

NY

AZ

AL

OR

www.hoffmancarwash.com

www.quicknclean.net

www.richscarwash.com

www.washmanusa.com

17

17

17

17

25

Car Spa

Fast Eddie’s Car Wash & Oil Change

Frank’s Car Wash

Dallas

Swartz Creek

Columbia

TX

MI

SC

www.carspa.net

www.fasteddiescarcare.com

www.frankscarwash.com

16

16

16

26

Francis & Sons Car Wash

Whitewater Express Car Wash

Phoenix

Cypress

AZ

TX

www.francisandsonscarwash.com

www.whitewatercw.com

15

15

27

Fast5xpress

Irvine

CA

www.fast5xpress.com

14

28

Jacksons Car Wash

Scottsdale

AZ

www.jacksonswash.com

13

29

Shammy Shine

Milford

NJ

www.shammyshine.com

12

30

Breeze Thru Car Wash

Royal Car Wash

Scrub-a-Dub

Soapy Joe’s Car Wash

Speedy Splash Car Wash

Super Car Wash

Wash Masters Car Wash

Fort Collins

Rochester

Milwaukee

San Diego

Fayetteville

Royal Oak

Irving

CO

NY

WI

CA

AR

MI

TX

www.breezethrucarwash.com

www.theroyalwash.com

www.scrubadub.biz

www.soapyjoescarwash.com

www.speedysplash.com

www.supercarwash.net

www.washmasters.net

11

11

11

11

11

11

11

Editor’s note: The information provided in the 2019 Top 50 list was compiled based on last year’s list, submissions, internal research conducted with our team and our industry partners, and by investigating carwashes’ websites. Carwashes included in this year’s list may or may not have been confirmed by their owners in 2019. If you believe your conveyor carwash chain should be included in Professional Carwashing & Detailing’s annual Top 50 list, make sure to be on the lookout for the 2020 Top 50 submission request, or email Associate Publisher – Editorial Rich DiPaolo at [email protected] for more information.

*POST PRINTING UPDATE: Mammoth Holdings’ listing was noted as 32 locations in the November 2019 print edition of Professional Carwashing & Detailing. However, as of Nov. 1, 2019, this chain operates 36 conveyor locations.