In this edition of Market Focus, we cover a Zips Car Wash acquisition, a charity event, a new hire and grand opening and new construction.

Zips Car Wash continues growth in Jacksonville

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Zips Car Wash continues its growth in Florida with the acquisition of Ducky’s Car Wash, located at 9491 Baymeadows Rd., Jacksonville, Florida, which was finalized on July 19th, according to a press release.

“We’re excited to add this site to our four existing stores in Jacksonville,” said Gil Castro, director of operations for Zips Car Wash. “We are hoping to add even more stores in the area soon, and we feel that growing our presence in Jacksonville means added convenience for local residents and our loyal, Unlimited Wash Club customers,” he added.

Zips Car Wash’s acquisition of Ducky’s Car Wash is the second Florida acquisition for the company this month, the release continued; on July 13th, Zips Car Wash acquired five locations from Ronny’s Car Wash in Pensacola, Florida, a new market for the growing company.

This acquisition brings Zips to 80 stores in nine states, the release noted.

“Our newest location in Jacksonville will soon offer our Unlimited Wash Club program, maintain the same hours of operation as our other 79 stores and offer the same ‘Zips Way’ experience we hope to offer all of our customers across the country,” said Castro. “Our goal is to run a business that operates on the principles of being safe, right, fast and friendly for every customer, and we are excited to train the Ducky’s team and introduce them to the Zips Culture,” he added.

The new Zips Car Wash in Jacksonville will remain open during the ownership transition, so as to provide continuous service for local residents, the release concluded.

Crew Carwash to host eighth annual ‘Crew for Kids’ fundraiser

INDIANAPOLIS — Crew Carwash is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters for its eighth annual ‘Crew for Kids’ fundraiser, according to a press release.

As part of its ‘Crew for Kids’ fundraiser, Crew will donate 50 percent of all Works washes, a $16 value, and Ultimate washes, a $20 value, sold on Saturday, July 29th at all 30 locations to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the release continued; Crew will also be accepting credit and cash donations at all locations throughout the day.

Funds raised will benefit five Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies that serve markets in which Crew has locations: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Lafayette, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wabash Valley, the release noted.

“We are excited for another successful ‘Crew for Kids’ event with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Sally Grant, executive vice president of Crew Carwash. “We are so happy to support their mission to create positive relationships for at-risk youth through one-to-one mentoring, and we’ve been able to see first-hand what an impact the organization has on the youth in our community.”

Last year, Crew raised more than $44,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters; in total, the company has raised nearly $400,000 for the nonprofit since its inaugural “Crew for Kids” fundraiser in 2010, the release added.

UPDATE: This year, Crew raised more than $94,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

To learn more about the Crew, visit www.crewcarwash.com.

Customers can connect with Crew on social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (hashtags #BeBigToday #Crew4Kids).

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.bbbs.org or connect on Facebook.

CarWash Finder appoints new chief technology officer

TORONTO — CarWash Finder Inc. is pleased to announce it has appointed Philip Jun as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in a newly created position, according to a press release.

Jun has a wealth of experience leading tech-based organizations and is excited to bring that experience to the team, the release noted.

With a business degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University, he will also complement and support the significant growth CarWash Finder has experienced in the last year, the release added.

“This is a very exciting time for CarWash Finder, and Philip is the perfect fit for us,” said Matt McCulloch, CSO at CarWash Finder.  “His experience, character and leadership will be vital to driving innovation and growth in the carwash industry.”

CarWash Finder is a mobile payment, marketing and loyalty solution for carwashes, the release concluded; to learn more, visit www.carwashfinder.com or email info@carwashfinder.com.

New touch-free carwash comes to Butte

BUTTE, Mont. — According to the Montana Standard, Town Pump has been washing cars in Butte, Montana, since 1985, and it’s now added a new two-bay at the Harrison Ave. and Elizabeth Warren store.

The building has a clean, modern look and features the latest in touch-free washing technology, the article continued.

The new carwash has shorter wash times, 24-hour video monitoring, and it will soon also offer free vacuums with a carwash purchase.

“We are proud to offer the latest technology in an automatic touch-free carwash and environmentally friendly soaps and polishes including carnauba wax, to clean and protect your vehicle,” said company spokesperson Kevin Kenneally.

The carwash offers an undercarriage wash, rocker panel wash, foam bath, power wash, tri-color polish, clear-coat polish, rust inhibitor and forced air dryer, the article noted.

Town Pump carwashes are open 24 hours per day seven days a week in Butte, Anaconda, Belgrade, Bozeman, East Helena, Great Falls, Hamilton, Havre, Helena, Kalispell, Laurel, Livingston, Miles City and Missoula.

Customer Express Car Wash under construction

FARGO, N.D. — According to www.valleynewslive.com, construction has begun on Custom Express Car Wash.

The carwash will feature a technologically advanced cleaning system, minimal wait times and a clean, modern look, the article noted; further, it will be able to wash 150 cars per hour.

“It will be a nice addition to Fargo,” Jason Gehrig, Custom Express Car Wash owner, stated. “It won’t be a tunnel but rather a house of glass.”

The carwash will also feature a dual-belt conveyor system that will guide all four wheels simultaneously, the article added.

“People are used to having their car wiped by hand, which can leave scratches, and they are not used to the quality we will offer,” Gehrig said. “This is going to be for everyone, from the parent who wants to save time by keeping their children buckled as they all coast through the wash to the business professional who doesn’t have time to stand in line,” Gehrig explained.

The wash will be open seven days a week after construction finishes, the article concluded.