Turning a tire factory into a car wash
Car wash investment specialist Jason Miller has just written an interesting piece on how existing buildings have been successfully converted to (sometimes enormous) express car washes. These so-called ‘big boxes’ previously hosted a warehouse, a Walmart grocery store or a Toys “R” Us shop.
After a big makeover, the five spaces Miller picked are now operated by Flagship Carwash, Matick Automotive Group of Michigan, Valet Auto Wash, and Splash Car Wash & Oil Change. According to him, they are not only among the largest but also some of the most unique and innovative car wash sites in the U.S.
New Jersey-based Valet Auto Wash operates its largest car wash in a 55,000 square foot converted warehouse.
The car wash opened in 2016 as an adaptive reuse of the imposing 350 foot long former warehouse.
It features a 245 foot long tunnel, 24 indoor self-serve vacuum stalls, an indoor polishing tunnel and two flat-belt drive-on conveyors for interior services. All under a single roof.
Another interesting example Miller gives, is the Matick Auto Wash. With 27,000 square feet it is the largest car wash and detail center in the state of Michigan.
Matick purchased a vacant former Goodyear Tire building and a residential home that were adjacent to a Chevrolet dealer, razed both buildings and re-zoned the property to permit a car wash.
If you are thinking of buying an existing property and turning it into a car wash, you should definitely follow Jason Miller on LinkedIn.
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