Car wash goes quiet after almost 60 years

On Carwashpro, we mostly write about new car washes popping up, alongside new products and innovations. But the sad news about the Pearl Brookpark Car Wash definitely deserves our attention. The famous Cleveland car wash closes down after almost 60 years of service. According to the owner, the main reason is: trouble finding staff.

Dan Spencer senior opened Pearl Brookpark Car Wash in 1965, when he was 26 years old. Over the years Spencer and his staff transformed the former lumber company that was situated at the spot into a proper car wash. In addition to car washes, the business also offered detailing and restoration services for vehicles. For a while it even was a gas station.

But now, the long story has come to an end. In a Facebook post Spencer announced the closure. On regional newssite Cleveland.com, Spencer explains why.
“It just got to the point where we have the customers and the cars, but we don’t have enough help, ever since COVID. It just got to the point where it wasn’t worth staying open. We were starting to get close to not breaking even.”

‘Best car wash on the west side’

Judging by the reactions on Facebook, Pearl Brookpark wasn’t your ordinary car wash. “Such a sad day. Best Car Wash on the West Side”, writes a customer. “I can guarantee my father Rich Hovan holds the record for the most times through this car wash.” Another customer writes: “Completely heartbreaking! I’ve been going there for over 30 years! I absolutely loved everyone, always so friendly and amazing service.”

The former business was purchased by the owners of Rainforest Car Wash, who are planning on re-opening the place, again as a car wash. Let’s hope their customers will be as pleased as they were during those 57 years at Pearl Brookpark.

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Author: Rene Passet

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