Car Wash opens in for­mer bank build­ing

Record Observer - - BUSINESS - By DOUG BISHOP [email protected]­

CH­ESTER — Au­to­bell Car Wash Inc. has opened at 119 South Piney Road in Ch­ester, just off U.S. Route 50, exit 40A, next to the CVS. The Kent Is­land store is Au­to­bell’s third lo­ca­tion in the Bal­ti­more metro area, af­ter An­napo­lis and Bel Air. Kevin Dixon leads the Au­to­bell team as store man­ager, with 15 full­time and part-time em­ploy­ees.

The new lo­ca­tion is the 81st Au­to­bell Car Wash. Au­to­bell is the na­tion’s fourth largest car wash com­pany, founded by Chuck and Carl Howard of Char­lotte, NC. Au­to­bell is a full-ser­vice car wash of­fer­ing cus­tomers ex­te­rior and in­te­rior clean­ing op­tions. All Au­to­bell lo­ca­tions treat and re­cy­cle wash wa­ter, while dis­pos­ing of treated wash wa­ter only into ap­proved wa­ter treat­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

Mary­land District Man­ager Joseph Noel said, “In­tro­duc­ing and ex­pand­ing the Au­to­bell brand in this mar­ket has been ex­cit­ing and en­cour­ag­ing for me and the fine teams of em­ploy­ees we have as­sem­bled here. We love show­ing cus­tomers how our full-ser­vice car wash model can take ex­cel­lent care of their cars as well as their time.”

The Ch­ester Au­to­bell em­ploy­ees be­gan com­mu­nity in­volve­ment be­fore the car wash even opened, as a group of em­ploy­ees, led by Noel, con­ducted a beach cleanup at Ter­rapin Na­ture Park in Oc­to­ber.

Af­ter meet­ing the needs of clean­ing their cus­tomers’ ve­hi­cles, pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment is Au­to­bell’s next ma­jor con­cern in ev­ery com­mu­nity.

Noel said, “We were keenly aware of pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment here at the Kent Is­land lo­ca­tion, es­pe­cially not caus­ing a prob­lem to the wa­ters of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.”

An­other ex­am­ple of Au­to­bell’s com­mit­ment to re­cy­cling and the en­vi­ron­ment show­cases the unique con­ver­sion of a for­mer bank build­ing into a car wash. Re­pur­pos­ing the dor­mant struc­ture in­cluded un­usual chal­lenges such as sys­tem­at­i­cally dis­man­tling and re­mov­ing the se­cu­rity vault of re­in­forced con­crete and its 1,800-pound door. The project was han­dled by the Au­to­bell con­struc­tion depart­ment in con­junc­tion with lo­cal gen­eral con­trac­tor Her­man Ste­wart Con­struc­tion.

The new car wash, and all lo­ca­tions of Au­to­bell, are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sun­day.

A ba­sic drive-through ex­te­rior wash costs $7, and prices go up as fea­tures such as pol­ish, deep clean­ing, and un­der body wash are added.

The Full-ser­vice Wash in­cludes vac­u­um­ing, ex­te­rior clean­ing in­clud­ing wheels, in­te­rior win­dows, dash panel, and con­sole wipe down, and hand-dry­ing for $19.99.

Ex­tra ser­vices that can be added in­di­vid­u­ally in­clude fra­grance, un­der body wash, rain re­pel­lent, pol­ish and sealer, pre­mium mat clean­ing, tire gloss, and Ar­mor All Orig­i­nal Pro­tec­tant for car in­te­ri­ors dashes and pan­els af­ter clean­ing.

All Au­to­bell em­ploy­ees are drug tested prior to hir­ing, and must sub­mit to ran­dom drug test­ing for con­tin­ued em­ploy­ment. This is com­pany pol­icy.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410609-8119.

The for­mer Chevy Chase Bank build­ing in Ch­ester has been ren­o­vated into the new Au­to­bell Car Wash. Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the en­vi­ron­ment, Au­to­bell looks for sites to ren­o­vate rather than build­ing to­tally new struc­tures.


Au­to­bell Car Wash District Man­ager Joseph Noel, left, stands with Kent Is­land lo­ca­tion Man­ager Kevin Dixon next to the sign pro­mot­ing the new car wash next door to the CVS store in Ch­ester. This is the 81st lo­ca­tion for Au­to­bell, the fourth largest car wash busi­ness in the United States, and it’s the third lo­ca­tion in Mary­land.

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