Spring opening planned for five-bay car wash
Doug Wasson of Wasson Enterprises, Lawrence, is building a five-bay car wash at the same location where he owns a three-bay car wash at Fifth Street and U.S. Highway 56.
The car wash will include a bay with an automatic, brushless wash and four self-serve bays. Construction is scheduled to begin within a couple of weeks, with a late spring opening planned.
The new car wash will be built where the vacuum stations are currently located. The existing car wash will remain open until the new car wash is completed. It will then be demolished.
"It should be very nice," Wasson said. "The population base is certainly big enough to support it."
Wasson said there will not be an entrance to the car wash from the highway. The car wash's entrance and exit will be on Fifth Street.
When the existing car wash is demolished, a mural painted by high school students on its north wall will also be destroyed. Wasson said he hopes students will once again paint a mural of the north wall of the new car wash. He plans to contact local schools to present art teachers and students that opportunity.
"I've always liked it," he said of the mural.
There will be an attendant at the new car wash during daylight hours, who Wasson said will more than likely be him at first.
Wasson also owns a car wash in Asheville, N.C. He bought the Baldwin car wash from Jim Waltz two years ago.
Baldwin has treated him well, he said.
"I appreciate the people of Baldwin," Wasson said. "They are honest, and I have had no vandalism. I'll take Baldwin over a bigger community any day."