Ground Breaking - June 2015 - Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Ground Breaking – June 2015

Find out about the newest carwashes in the country.


Mister Car Wash has purchased Four Seasons Car Wash & Lube in Abilene, Texas, according to a press release.

With the newly acquired property, Mister Car Wash now operates 151 carwashes and 32 lube centers across 16 states.

“Abilene is a great place to do business,” says John Lai, CEO of Mister Car Wash. “We currently operate two express carwashes there, and we’re excited to offer our customers a complete range of services by adding this third, full-service location.”

The company also has locations in Houston, Mesquite, Austin, El Paso and Lubbock, Texas.

Mister Car Wash has also completed its second multiunit new market acquisition of the year.

The company purchased 12 Super Speed Wash sites in Nashville, Tennessee. The deal brings Mister Car Wash’s total store count to include 150 carwashes and 31 lube centers across 16 states.

“All of us at Mister Car Wash are excited to expand into Nashville,” says John Lai, CEO of Mister Car Wash. “The Super Speed Wash management team did an amazing job building a great business, and we’re honored to be acquiring a quality company with a ton of upside potential.”



Quick Quack Car Wash customers received free carwashes for 10 days in celebration of the company’s newest wash, according to a press release. The free washes were available April 28 through May 7.

The new exterior-only, express wash is the chain’s second location in the Houston area and its 19th overall. The wash is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"This new location, and the three or four more we plan to open within the next year, help us to better realize our goal to provide more convenience to our existing customers in northwest Houston and allow new customers to discover the Quick Quack experience," says Jason Johnson, president of Quick Quack.

"We are especially excited to provide a water-saving and environmentally friendly alternative to driveway washing to even more members of the community," he adds.

Dave Edwards, Houston's regional development partner, notes the wash can serve as many as 100 cars per hour.



Rain Tunnel Express Car Wash opened its seventh location on May 1, according to a press release.

The new facility is the company’s fourth site in Illinois. It has three other washes in Missouri.

"Illinois is where we started, and our locations there have consistently done very well over the years," says president and owner Scott Knight.

"With more than $200,000 in improvements, installing the most advanced cleaning technology from the A.V.W. Equipment Company and environmentally friendly cleaning products from Kaady Chemical, we expect this new facility in Glen Carbon to be a great addition,” Knight adds.

Rain Tunnel Express established its first location in Granite City in 1995.



The new Magnolia Car Wash is keeping up with carwash advancements to attract clientele inside and outside of the state, according to the Vicksburg Post.

The wash features an LED light show and scents inside the tunnel that stay inside vehicles for up to 24 hours.

Customers’ vehicles receive a lava bath and triple foam during the wash. Patrons can add the Buff n Dry option for $4.

“You get hot wax applied to the car, and at the end of the wash, there’s a buffer that will drop down and buff your hood, your top and the back, which gives it a hand-buffed look,” says owner Doug Hudgins. “It’s the newest technology.”

Once through the tunnel, customers can use the free vacuums and mat cleaners.

Hudgins owns other businesses in the area, but Magnolia is his first carwash venture. The wash has attracted customers from outside the state in Louisiana as well.

“A lot of people responded to it very positively,” Hudgins adds. “Everyone tells me they’re very glad we’re here. It’s been very positive, which makes me feel good, obviously."



Cruisers Car Wash has purchased a former carwash site for its newest location, according to

The new facility will operate as a self-serve express wash. Auto-Track Car Wash was the property’s former name.

New landscaping, equipment and paint are part of the development of the site.

Cruisers has two full-serve washes and one self-serve location in the region as well. The company’s owner, Clayton Gsell, started the business in 1998 and named it after his dog.

“It’s a great location,” Gsell says. “It’s a busy carwash, and we’re looking forward to getting all the remodeling done so it can serve our customers.”



Car Wash Express is constructing its sixth facility closer to the city center, according to

The company’s president, Brett Meinberg, says the wash will serve the needs of “time-starved people” in the area who may not have time for full-serve washes.

Car Wash Express took over the site formerly occupied by Denver Car Wash, which had been closed for about six months before the new owner bought the property.

Car Wash Express began in 2002. It is now looking to expand more quickly than it has over the past 13 years.

“A lot of people are moving into apartment living and condo living in that area,” shares Meinberg. “There are a lot of people who are used to washing your car in the driveway; now people are forced to not do it because they’re going into a different style of living.”

The new location will cost the company a couple million dollars. It will offer three-minute washes and $30 monthly unlimited wash passes. A local artist will paint a mural on the wall.



Bush Car Wash plans to open its fourth location in the summer, according to

The $1.5 million carwash will be the company’s first in the area, and fourth overall. It has two facilities in Pasco and one in Richmond.

The new site will also serve as headquarters for the company.

The wash will feature a 163-foot-long tunnel that can wash up to 10 cars at a time. A three-minute wash costs seven dollars, and extra options like waxing and detailing are available.

Thirty-five workers are currently employed by the wash, and that number will increase to nearly 50 when the new location opens.

Owner Tim Bush says he operates the business in honor of his brother who died from brain cancer and came up with the idea for the company.



Metro Express Car Wash is busy constructing its first location in the state, according to a press release.

The three-acre site will house a 34,000-square-foot building, aiming to be the largest express wash in the country. It will be able to wash up to 5,000 vehicles every day.

The site will feature two 200-foot-long express tunnels, 34 free vacuums and seven free mat cleaning machines. It will recycle about 60 percent of the water used, and 13,000 square feet of solar panels on the roof will power its equipment.

Wash prices will range between $8 and $16. It will employ between 14 and 16 workers who will receive 401(k) benefits and paid vacation time.

The facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

Metro Express was founded in 2004. It was voted one of the top 50 carwashes in the country by Modern Car Care magazine.

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