The Car Wash Life

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Tunnels Alone

Express exterior conveyor tunnels do not do well by themselves. There needs to be a gas station on-site. Why is that so? I will aim to answer that question. To the best knowledge, this is not a topic that any of the trade magazines have addressed. So at best, I am offering a hypothesis. Most of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Not in My Budget

In the early 1990s, Dad was approached by Exxon to lease one of their gas stations, which was closed at the time. Dad checked out the gas station. He saw potential there. However, he wanted Exxon to pay to make the building bigger so that it could house a full-blown convenience store, replacing the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Former Fast Food Neighbors

Location A used to be situated in between a Burger King and a Wendy's. Both businesses made a fair amount of money off of Dad's employees, including myself. I went to the same K through 8 school with the sons of Wesley Burroughs, the owner of the Burger King. He owned every Burger King in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Very Busy - Yes!

Over the past couple of weeks, I have written about how slow the car washes had been, with autumn being a naturally slow season, plus rainy, overcast weather. The end of September has seen the car washes doing extremely well. There has been a nice break in the rain, and people are coming in to wash... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Free Vacuums

An industry trend that has yet to become widespread in Maryland are car washes offering free vacuums to customers. The free vacuums are generally used as part of a package to draw customers in. Buy an exterior wash and one can vacuum for free. An operator can configure one's lot to have the free... Sign in to see full entry.

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