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Wisconsin Express Car Wash

Peak Inc. plans to build a 150-foot long, fully automated car wash at the southwest corner of Washington and Meadowlane avenues, similar to the one shown here which the company owns and operates in LaPorte, Indiana.

MOUNT PLEASANT — A new $3 million automated car wash with two pet washing stations is in the works for Highway 20.

Peak Inc. of Manteno, Ill., plans to build its first Wisconsin car wash at 6315-23 Washington Ave., the southwest corner of Washington and Meadowlane avenues. Peak owner Tracey Erickson said his company currently has about 14 car washes in Illinois, Indiana and Kansas.

On Wednesday the Mount Pleasant Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval of the site, building and operation plan for what will be called Wisconsin Express Car Wash. Among the conditions the Plan Commission recommended requiring is an 8-foot privacy fence along the southern property line.

The project still needs final approval by the Village Board.

The 4,922-square-foot car wash is to have a 150-foot tunnel. Erickson said the typical industry range is from about 80 to 150 feet, although some are longer.

The building’s length will allow more equipment such as for hot wax and tire shining, Erickson said. He said the pricing will be competitive with other area car washes.

Two pay stations and a looping drive to allow for car stacking are planned for the wash.

The car wash plans to offer free use of the vacuum cleaners of which there will be approximately 26.

South side advantage

Although Washington Avenue currently has at least three other car washes, Peak’s car wash would be the only one in the village on the south side of the highway east of Highway H, which Erickson said will be a competitive advantage.

“I call it the on-the-way home side,” he said, adding that most people wash their vehicles after work, not before.

The car wash is projected to employ seven or eight people, he said. Plans are for it to be open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Erickson plans to start construction as soon as his permits are in hand, and said construction should take about four months, leading to an opening in about September.

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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