Breeze Thru Car Wash has officially purchased Richie’s Car Wash (3141 S College) making it their second location in Fort Collins. Their first Fort Collins location is at Lemay and Mulberry. This brings the Breeze Thru Car Wash total to 7 locations throughout Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming.
Richie Frank has a second Richie’s Car Wash located in Parker, Colo. and wanted to retire from the Fort Collins operation. “Richie’s Fort Collins location was built in approximately 2003, and we have always been good friendly competitors,” according to John Agnew, co-owner of Breeze Thru Car Wash. “Richie had a real emotional attachment to this car wash and his customers. He wanted us to have it because he likes the way we do business. We’ve gone back and forth regarding Breeze Thru buying Richie’s for about 8 years and finally made it happen.”
Agnew adds, “For years we’ve heard our customers say that they would like to see a Breeze Thru on the south side of Fort Collins, so for 9 years we’ve tried to get a second location. This location fills a gap for us in south Fort Collins.”
Breeze Thru is investing $700,000 in the facility rebrand, including a free central vacuum system, automated pay stations and updated car wash equipment. “We are putting in automated washing equipment to reduce the manual labor, such as pre-washing the cars but we won’t change the flow for entering the car wash” Agnew says.
Breeze Thru’s newest, exterior-only, location will open in early December and offer free car washes for two weeks to give customers a chance to try them out.
When asked if the Richie’s entrance bears and tunnel monkeys will stay, John said, “No, they went to Denver with Richie!”