New car wash coming

Published 8:10 am Wednesday, February 24, 2016

State-of-art site to open in June

The economic landscape of Brewton will soon welcome a state-of-the-art car wash.

Located next to Taco Bell, the $1.5 million project is the brainchild of Molino, Fla., resident, David Floyd.

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Floyd, who worked with local bankers to fund the project, said Brewton was the ideal location for the modern carwash that will feature a tunnel-like, convoy-ride system that will guide the vehicle through the wash process.

“When I looked at how many people were coming in for shopping at the Brewton Wal-Mart, I knew that this  was a good location,” Floyd said.

“Wal-Mart is a good benchmark of the economy. And when you look at that area where the Taco Bell is, I see that whole area growing more than any other area in town.”

To back up his belief, Floyd performed his own traffic count, which detailed some 13,000 to 17,000 vehicles travel through Brewton on any given day.

“You wouldn’t think that many, but it’s true,” Floyd said of the count. “That’s more than enough to support a carwash.”

Floyd said his project will feature two pay stations with touch screen menus. A pull-up attendant will prep the car by using a high-pressure hose to remove a caked-on debris. From there, the wash will assume control of the car as the driver takes their hands off the wheel, puts the car in neutral and waits as the conveyor pulls the car through the wash. A water filtration system will filter the water, he said.

The site will also feature free vacuums, Floyd said.

“After the car goes through the dryer process, you’ll be able to pull under a canopy, grab the hose and vacuum out the car,” he said. “It doesn’t take any time at all with these high-tech ones that really work.”

Floyd said there will be a number of affordable wash options.

“This is going to be a really nice car wash that people will enjoy,” he said. “It’s cheap enough to use a couple of times a month.”

Construction is ongoing with crews laying the groundwork for the project.

“We hope to be open by June 1,” Floyd said. “This is not some cheap deal. The appearance will be very attractive. It’s going to be a real addition to the economic landscape of Brewton and one that will enhance the look of the town.”

Floyd said he hopes to employ at least two employees on site as well as management.

“I’ve been in the automobile business for 30 years, but this is my first car wash,’ he said. “It’s a natural transition for me. I’ve had my eye on car washes for years. It was a matter of time and finding a good location, and I think we’ve got the right spot.”