Ground Breaking - April 2015 - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Ground Breaking – April 2015

New carwashes and more around the car care industry.


Sheetz Inc. recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its 500th store, according to

To celebrate, customers at all Sheetz locations were offered free coffee and fountain drinks all day.

The company is currently planning 750 stores, and it will eventually have 1,000. The stores will be located in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and North Carolina.

At least 30 locations will open in 2015. Its new-concept c-store and restaurant will open at University Place, a student apartment complex for West Virginia University students. It marks the first site without fuel, and it will instead focus on fresh food and beverage offerings.

The 15,000-square-foot store and café will feature indoor and outdoor seating for 100 people.

To commemorate the new site, Sheetz awarded a $10,000 scholarship to a West Virginia student.



River Club Car Wash is getting ready to open its state-of-the-art facility, according to the Bradenton Herald.

New owners John and Danielle DeCosta finished the 35,000-square-foot wash, which was 80 percent complete when they purchased it.

The couple took over the wash after the previous owner died unexpectedly in October. The wash was originally planned for a November opening.

With its conveyor, River Club can wash between 60 and 90 cars every hour. The wash system was designed by Tommy Car Wash Systems.

“Every customer needs to feel that you are there for them. That they are the customer of the day,” Danielle DeCosta says in the article. “This is not just a carwash. [It’s] more of enjoying the experience and not just the chore of having to get the car washed.”

Wash prices range from $6 to $15. Monthly unlimited wash passes can be purchased for $15 to $40 a month.



CORK CITY, Ireland

A new Amber service station and Costcutter store have opened, according to

The 7,500-square-foot site was developed by a local family. It supports 25 local jobs.

The facility includes a carwash, a separate truck fuelling area with green diesel and parking for up to 40 cars.

The main building is two stories and features a supermarket, deli, barista café, free Wi-Fi and shower facilities.

“The O’Brien family [has] been providing employment in the area for more than 50 years, and we are delighted that this new development continues that tradition,” says a spokesperson in the article.



Tidal Wave Auto Spa has received approval from the Coweta County Board of Commissioners to construct a new location, according to

The Coweta Planning Department denied the original application, which had been for the wash and a Grease Monkey oil change facility. A primary reason for the rejection was lack of space.

The facility will be located in front of a Sam’s Club. Scott Blackstock, owner of Tidal Wave, told commissioners about his plans for the building’s materials, landscaping and water features.

The site is just under one acre and was rezoned so the wash could be built.



Delta Sonic Car Wash has opened its newest facility, according to

The site includes a carwash, detail shop, gas pumps and convenience store, as well as a Tim Hortons café with a drive-thru window.

The location also features its Delta Sonic-branded Brick Oven eatery, which offers pizzas, salads, sandwiches, wraps and more.

Construction on the facility began more than a year ago.



To celebrate the opening of its fourth location, 3 Minute Magic Car Wash gave away free washes for one week, according to a press release.

The business renovated a former Cadillac dealership to construct a double-tunnel carwash.

“Since bringing the express exterior carwash concept to Knoxville in 2005, our passion for finding the latest innovations in carwashing and bringing them to our customers hasn’t wavered,” says Jim Rooney, founder and president of 3 Minute Magic Car Wash, in the release.

“We’re proud of the number of positive experiences we’ve been able to create over the years, and we look forward to serving Alcoa and the Blount County community with this new concept into the future,” Rooney adds in the release.

The location will offer four wash packages ranging in price from $6 to $23.



American Leisure Holdings Inc.’s subsidiary, Wroblewski Oil and Gas (WOGC), will expand with a third location including a petroleum center, carwash, quick lube and convenience store, according to a press release.

The facility will be built in Pennsylvania near the Pittsburgh International Airport. WOGC is considering Valero as its gas provider.

The 3,000-foot c-store, carwash and quick lube will be built over about one acre of land.

“We are excited about this key location to incorporate our successful business model and expand our future revenue potential and business growth,” shares Eric Wroblewski, CEO of American Leisure Holdings Inc., in the release. “We had a stronger year last year than anticipated and look forward to posting our results next week.”

American Leisure Holdings focuses on investments in the North American oil and gas sector.



Splash Car Wash recently opened its 18th location as a Splash Express Exterior Wash, according to a press release.

The location has self-serve and in-bay automatic bays. As cars ride through the tunnel they begin with the Foaminator, which covers the vehicle with a thick blanket of soap.

The site also offers free self-serve vacuums to use after the wash.

Splash plans to open its 19th location in Stratford soon. It will include an express exterior wash and oil change, as well as free vacuums.

The company has also started construction on a new, $4 million location in Bedford Hills, New York. The site should be complete in May.

Splash has also earmarked nearly $2 million in equipment and aesthetic improvements. Its express exterior stores will be retrofitted with new equipment and free self-serve vacuums where possible.


DUBLIN, Ireland

Two new Topaz service stations have opened in Clonshaugh and Laois counties, according to Business & Leadership.

The facilities will create 100 jobs. The Northern Cross Clonshaugh location will employ 45 workers, while another 20 will be supported by a Supermac’s and Papa John’s Pizza at the station.

Rugby player Alan Quinlan and soccer player Stephanie Roche were on hand at the Clonshaugh store’s grand opening.

The locations feature the company’s new retail concept Re.Store. They will offer barista coffee as well as healthy, artisan foods.

Customers can use free Wi-Fi access, electric vehicle chargers and the carwash at the Northern Cross site. Topaz also manages a loyalty program called Play or Park.

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