8-16-2019 New car wash coming to Lenoir

Posted on: August 16th, 2019 by admin


August 16, 2019


By Virginia Annable


Aug 06, 2019 12:00 AM


A new express car wash will be built in Lenoir and is expected to be open by the end of this year.


A Tidal Wave Auto Spa, a chain based out of Georgia, is opening a location on Wilkesboro Boulevard next to Pizza Hut. The site is where the Red Roof Inn was until several months ago, when Tidal Wave tore down the building.


The location was chosen because of the area’s population and the site’s proximity to U.S. 321, said Martie Murphy, a project manager with SHJ Construction, which is owned by the same people as Tidal Wave.


Tidal Wave started in 2004 in Georgia and has recently been expanding into North Carolina, Murphy said. There are about 10 other locations in the state. The company expects to open 60 new operations nationwide in the next two years, he said.


About a year ago the company bought a different piece of land to build on, but once Martie visited Lenoir and saw the Red Roof Inn property, the company changed directions and bought it. The new car wash will start going up soon.


The car wash will have a main automatic car wash that cars will enter after being prepared by workers, then afterward people are welcome to vacuum their car at the vacuum station.


The building will be state of the art and well kept, he said.


“It’ll be extremely nice, we hope to have the nicest looking business in town, that’s our goal,” Murphy said.


Construction is expected to be done mid-November and the car wash open several weeks later.


The car wash will occupy only part of the property, and Tidal Wave plans to sell the rest of the land for another business to build on, Murphy said.

A new access road off Wilkesboro Boulevard will have an entrance to both properties.


Reporter Virginia Annable can be reached at 828-610-8724.

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