RealSource Group arranges $7.9 million carwash sale leaseback

RealSource Group arranges carwash portfolio sale leaseback for $7.9 million

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The commercial brokerage company represented Mach-1 Express Car Wash in the sale.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — RealSource Group, a national commercial real estate brokerage company focused on retail, healthcare, automotive and education properties, announced the sale of a two-property Mach-1 Express Wash sale-leaseback portfolio.

The sale price was $7.9 million. 

The RealSource Senior Vice President of Investment Sales Austin Blodgett, in association with Chris Salemi, managing director at Aileron Capital Management of Tampa, Florida, represented the seller, Mach One Holdings based in Centre, Alabama.

The buyer was an institutional buyer based in New Jersey and represented themselves. 

Mach-1 Express Wash is a family-owned and operated business with over 15 years of experience in the express carwash industry.

The company has 12 sites open or coming soon in the U.S., in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

The first property, a new, single-tenant 4,000-square-foot Mach-1 Express Wash, is located at 157 Plaza Dr. on a one-acre pad to a Walmart-anchored shopping center in Forest City, North Carolina. 

Mach-1 Express Wash opened in March 2020 along the main arterial in the trade area’s major retail corridor. 

The site has strong vehicular counts, with a combined total of 30,000 cars per day at the intersection and is situated in the Myrtle Beach-Conway, South Carolina-North Carolina Combined Statistical Area with a population of over 550,000.

According to Blodgett, there is limited direct competition within a three-mile radius of the property.  

The second property is located at 1559 Rome Hwy. in Cedartown, Georgia, just 60 miles outside of downtown Atlanta.

The single-tenant 4,000-square-foot Mach-1 Express Wash is situated on a one-acre pad in a Walmart anchored-shopping center and across from a Home Depot-anchored shopping center, the two largest shopping centers in the area.

The property, which opened in July 2019, enjoys strong vehicular counts, with a combined total of 32,000 cars per day at the intersection, and zero competition within a three-mile radius, reports Blodgett. 

“Both carwash locations have a 100-foot tunnel filled with top of the line equipment and a new 20-year absolute triple-net lease,” said Blodgett. “The buyer purchased the two properties as a sale-leaseback from Mach-1 for a long-term hold and is taking advantage of the new, long-term lease, annual increases and 100% bonus depreciation tax benefits that come with carwash properties in 2022. The tenant wanted to do a sale-leaseback to move money quickly out of the real estate to be used to grow the business.”  

This sale represents the continued demand for express carwashes.

“This sale achieved premium pricing for smaller express wash operators who are still growing rapidly. With smaller chain operators like Mach-1 Express, buyers can still get a long-term lease with a strong guarantee and bonus depreciation, but at a slightly higher cap rate in the 6% range,” Blodgett of RealSource explained. “Many small unit operators want to take advantage of sale-leasebacks but may not think they have the credit to do so. However, transactions like this demonstrate the institutional investor demand for even a small portfolio of single-tenant carwash portfolios and we have been very successful at matching operators with institutional cash buyers. This is also a win for the operators who want to fund their expansion through the sale of their real estate.”

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