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Cash Isn’t King at Cleveland Car Washes

American Pride has switched from cash-based operations to tokens, and customers are coming back stronger than ever. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Brian Costa operates five American Pride car washes in the Cleveland area. All told, there are 29 self-service bays and six touchless automatics. Until early 2000 each location was quarter-based. Then, when the

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Ditka to Headline The Car Wash Show

“With a dynamic speaker like Mike Ditka, you’re sure to walk away energized and ready to put your knowledge into action,” says ICA CEO. The International Carwash Association (ICA) has announced NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka as the keynote speaker for The Car Wash Show 2012. The world’s largest car wash convention and trade

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Terrible’s Kicks Off 2012 With Free Car Washes

Dec. 27- 28 Terrible’s customers can get a free VIP Express car wash. Terrible’s Car Wash is giving Las Vegans a sparkling clean start to 2012 with VIP Express free car washes all day on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Dec. 28. The free VIP Express car wash featuring RainX is a $10 value, and

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Ryko Acquires Commercial Washing Systems Inc.

The acquisition establishes direct sales and service support in central and south Texas for Ryko. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has acquired and will fully integrate the brand, assets and operations of Commercial Washing Systems Inc., the

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Celebrate America Recycles Day

West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association works to recycle and encourages other organizations to join in the cause ahead of America Recycles Day. The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association, representing convenience stores, independent groceries and petroleum marketers across the state, is working to do its part to recycle and conserve resources. The

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Wawa To Enter Florida

Some 100 Wawa c-stores are planned for Florida over the next five years. Wawa, which operates more than 580 c-stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, is set to begin construction on its first Florida convenience store across from SeaWorld at International Drive and Central Florida Parkway, in Orlando, Fla., the Orlando Sentinel

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Ryko Solutions Announces New Hire

Joe Ivy appointed vice president of manufacturing and operations. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has added Joe Ivy as vice president of manufacturing and operations at the company’s 250,000 square foot facility located in Grimes, Iowa. Ivy

International Carwash Association Appoints New President

The International Carwash Association (ICA), the world’s largest association for car wash professionals, has announced its 2010 Board of Directors and new Association President Jeff Gheysens, who is the owner of Sparkle Kleen Car Wash. The appointments went into effect on Jan. 1. The newly-elected board members represent both the operator and vendor community. “An ideal

Neighbours to the North

Since receiving CSD’s Chain OF THE YEAR award in 2002, Petro-Canada has seen multiple changes. The most significant has been the merger between Suncor Energy Inc. and Petro-Canada, which was finalized in August of this year. While the company operates under the Suncor Energy name, it maintains the trusted Petro-Canada brand for its refined products

A Higher Calling

Pastor Tom Atchison’s work with those down on their luck has led him to many places, but never did he think he would find his calling at a Texaco car wash and convenience store. As Pastor of the New Beginnings Church in Tampa, Fla., Atchison also runs a program called New Beginnings, which provides transitional

Driving Car Wash Sales

Doggy Drive Throughs One of the faster growing car wash trends is the do-it-yourself dog wash, which appears largely driven by financial considerations on the part of dog owners. No wonder: With dog grooming salons charging anywhere from $25 to $100 to bathe Fido these days, a $5 or even $10 self-serve alternative is a

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