SUTHERLAND—Residents in Sutherland and the surrounding area have a new place in town to make their vehicles shine.
A new double-bay car wash called Wash Me Inc., located in southwest Sutherland along the south side of Highway 10, opened its automatic wash bay on Sept. 13.
The facility also features a larger hand-wash bay that will be able to accommodate larger vehicles and trucks.
“The community needs it,” co-owner Kevin Zubrod said of the car wash. “The one that was in town did get shut down.”
Ed’s Car Wash, located at 110 W. Second St., closed earlier this spring.
Kevin, his wife, Joyce, and their son Jon also own and operate Zub’s Shop — an auto mechanic shop — which they started in 1998 in Calumet before moving it to Sutherland in 2001.
The idea to start a car wash business originated with Joyce about a year ago.
“We tried to buy the other car wash here in town a couple different times, but it never worked out,” she said. “The location wasn’t big enough for what we wanted to do, either.
“So we just decided to purchase some land from Lynn and Marilynn Horstmann and put it up on the highway, which gave the best exposure,” she said.
The Primghar-based O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation, in conjunction with the O’Brien County Revolving Loan Fund Committee, approved financing for the new car wash.
Revolving loan funds, which are used to attract, retain or expand businesses or industries, may be used for purchases of buildings, land, equipment and machinery purchases; building construction; and any other uses deemed appropriate by the committee.
“The O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation is happy to be part of this new business endeavor,” said OCEDC executive director Kiana Johnson. “The greater Sutherland area will gain a much-needed service.”
Construction on the new car wash began June 6. The Concrete Guys laid the concrete for the business and Hicks Electric Service and Mark’s Plumbing & Heating also helped with the facility.
Kevin said the process to get the car wash up and running has gone well overall.
“We had to wait for some permits to cross the highway for water and sewer, but really, everything has gone very good,” he said.
He plans to have the facility be open 24/7. People may pay for their car washes using coins, cash and debit or credit cards in the automatic and hand-wash bays.
With construction on the car wash completed, Kevin and his family will focus their efforts on maintaining the facility going forward.
“We are going to be the ones taking care of it and making sure everything’s working and cleaning it,” he said. “We want a nice, clean place for everyone to wash their dirty cars.”