ZIPS becomes major player in Chicago
ZIPS Car Wash acquired no less than 11 new locations around Chicago, thanks to a recent deal with Jet Brite Car Wash. The acquisition includes three additional sites currently under development. It brings ZIPS in and around the Windy City and strengthens its Midwest presence.
The recent deal is ZIPS 25th closing transaction in 2022, which is a record year of expansion with 61 stores acquired. ZIPS Car Wash now owns and operates nearly 275 locations across the country under the ZIPS, Rocket Express and now Jet Brite car wash brands.
“We see this acquisition as an opportunity for both of these great brands to learn best practices from each other,” says ZIPS-CEO Gene Dinkens. “Jet Brite is known for its exceptional operations and extreme focus on a great car wash experience for every customer. We’re confident that we can continue their legacy to faithfully serve Chicagoland residents, and plan to bring their expertise to our growing chain of express car wash operations.”
Jet Brite Car Wash was established in 2000 with one location in Addison, IL. They have expanded over the last 22 years into 11 locations, now serving customers in Chicago, and several of its western suburbs.
Jet Brite Systems
The acquisition gives ZIPS access to the exclusive Shadow Car Wash Equipment Line (Formerly Jet Brite Systems). Shadow Equipment is a premium stainless steel equipment manufacturer. ZIPS has partnered with Shadow Equipment to build several additional Jet Brite locations in 2023 and beyond. The Shadow Brand has been manufacturing car wash equipment since 2010 and has produced premium equipment for the entire tunnel since 2017.
ZIPS Car Wash has its headquarters in Plano, Texas. They currently operate locations across 24 states. In addition, Rocket Express Car Wash, part of the ZIPS brand, operates five Mega Wash locations in Idaho and Utah.