This week we cover construction news, a charitable event, a grand opening and tips to prepare for an emergency.

Champion Xpress outlines numerous carwash construction projects

LUBBOCK, Texas — According to a press release from 7B Building & Development, a development and construction company, several openings for Champion Xpress and Dale Xpress Car Washes are in the works and plans for development have been hatched for additional locations.

“We sold seven locations to Zips earlier this year,” said Derrick Merchant, president of 7B, Champion Xpress and Dale Xpress. “We have since opened up three carwashes and currently have six in construction. We also have 11 slated to open in 2020. 

 Here is a complete list of openings and the current schedule for projected openings that the firm is currently involved with:  

  • Los Lunas, New Mexico (opened 11/1/18)
  • Laredo, Texas (S. McPherson Rd.) (opened 12/1/18)
  • Rio Grande City, Texas (opened 8/1/19)
  • Brownsville, Texas (Boca Chica Rd.) (scheduled to open in 2019)
  • Gallup, New Mexico (scheduled to open in 2019)
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (2nd & Alameda) (scheduled to open in 2019)
  • Vernal, Utah (scheduled to open in 2019)
  • Harlingen, Texas (scheduled to open in 2019)
  • San Benito, Texas (scheduled to open in 2019)
  • Laredo, Texas (Hwy 83) (breaking ground 10/1/19)
  • Laredo, Texas (Chihuahua) (breaking ground 10/1/19)
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico (Montgomery & Wyoming) (breaking ground 9/15/19)
  • Espanola, New Mexico (breaking ground 1/1/20)
  • Edinburg, Texas (Trenton Rd.) (breaking ground 1/1/20)
  • Corpus Christi, Texas (Ayers Rd.) (breaking ground 1/1/20)
  • Las Vegas, New Mexico (breaking ground 6/1/20)
  • Brownsville, Texas (Alton Gloor Rd.) (breaking ground 6/1/20)
  • Palmhurst, Texas (breaking ground 6/1/20)
  • Laredo, Texas (N. McPherson Rd) (breaking ground 8/1/20)
  • McAllen, Texas (10th Street) (breaking ground 8/1/20)
  • Donna, Texas (breaking ground 8/1/20)
  • Alamo, Texas (breaking ground 8/1/20)

Moo Moo Express Car Wash donates over 3,800 carwashes

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Moo Moo Express Car Wash announced the donation of $19,380 to the Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana Operation Backpack® Campaign, according to a company press release.

Monetary donations were collected at all 16 Central Ohio Moo locations on August 16-18, and have been designated to provide thousands of children with new backpacks and school supplies as they return to the classroom, noted the release.

Throughout the Operation Backpack® Donation Campaign, continued the release, Moo Moo Express offered a free “Whole Plus” carwash ($13 value) to customers in exchange for a $5 monetary donation; 100 percent of the proceeds benefitted the Volunteers of America of Ohio & Indiana.

At the campaign’s conclusion, Moo Moo gave away more than 3,870 free carwashes, totaling more than $50,000 at full retail value, added the press release.

“Our team worked really hard this year to help communicate the need for all children to return to the classroom with the necessary school supplies to facilitate learning,” said John Roush, CEO of Express Wash Concepts and Founding Partner of Moo Moo Express Car Wash. “Our customers definitely answered our call for help, and through their generosity we almost tripled our 2018 campaign donation.”

Each year, Operation Backpack® provides school supplies and backpacks to thousands of homeless and at-risk children, and last year, stated the release, Operation Backpack® helped more than 4,940 children in Central Ohio enter the classroom with new backpacks and school supplies.

“Thanks to the partnership with Moo Moo Express, we are confident that we will reach our goal of making sure every child in need throughout Central Ohio will head back to the classroom with a fully stocked backpack,” said John von Arx III, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana.

Detail Garage retail store to open in Georgia

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Detail Garage, the destination store for all car lovers, is opening its newest location and the first in Georgia in Alpharetta, according to a press release.

The store’s grand opening will be held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 7 at 4150 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 115, added the release.

The first 50 adults in line will receive a free gift and there will be music, food, raffles and more than $2,000 in prizes and giveaways, stated the release.

“We are excited to be opening the model store in Georgia, the first of 10 that we plan to open around the state,” said Galo Arias, who owns the store with brothers Rene and Rodrigo Suarez. “This store is needed and will be a great fit for the market here. We know a lot of people who are interested in taking care of their car — beyond just washing it. We are some of those people.”

According to the press release, Detail Garage offers premium, quality and professional auto detailing and car care products, including soaps, waxes, cleaners, equipment and accessories.

Arias and the Suarezes have several other auto-related businesses, such as selling supplies for tire industry service centers and fleets, added the release, and they are excited to expand their portfolio with Detail Garage. 

Like all Detail Garage locations, concluded the release, the Alpharetta store will offer in-store education and do-it-yourself workshops on how to properly apply car care products; they also will host monthly Rides & Coffee events, where car lovers can gather to learn about products and purchase them at discounted prices.

Preparing for National Preparedness Month

HUDSON, Ohio— According to epa.gov, each September, National Preparedness Month encourages and reminds Americans to be prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.

In anticipation for this month of preparation and awareness, SERVPRO Northern Summit County compiled a list of the top 10 preparedness tips, according to a company press release.

As stated in the press release, these 10 tips are:

  1. Organize a staff team to create your plan.
  2. Gather critical documents and information needed for decision making.
  3. Identify and prioritize the company’s most important operations and processes.
  4. Identify hazards and potential disruptions to your operations.
  5. Keep it simple: design a plan that is easy to understand and implement.
  6. Create a communications strategy and plan to use it post emergency. Maintain an up-to-date emergency contact list.
  7. Recruit and train employee volunteers that can effectively manage the response.
  8. Back up and store vital records and data at an off-site location.
  9. Take action to mitigate the potential impact of a disaster on equipment, buildings, facilities, inventory and storage.
  10. Exercise, test and update your plan at least annually.