Big Dan's Car Wash

Big Dan's Car Wash is under construction near the corner of State Road 44 and U.S. 19 in Crystal River

Drive by the site of the Big Dan's Car Wash under construction in Crystal River and you’ll know why it's called "big."

The business is located on a 1.6-acre parcel next to the Wawa, at the State Road 44 and U.S. 19 intersection.

Anne Paige Wilson, the Georgia-based chain’s marketing manager, provided the Chronicle with these amenities at the soon-to-open Crystal River location:

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-  Unlimited wash club memberships as well as single washes.

- A 135-foot tunnel with conveyor system

- A 3-minute wash

- 25 vacuums 

- Two pay stations

“The team at Big Dan's is looking forward to being a strong community partner in Crystal River and will begin hiring operating partners in-training and customer service attendants shortly after the first of the year,” Wilson said.

Calling Florida one of its “strongest markets,” the company is expanding throughout the state and by the end of 2022, will have 17 new franchises.

It’s also expanding into the Southeast. Phase 1 includes over $100 million invested in strategically selected markets.

Big Dan’s Car Wash is a division of Georgia-based Shadday Family Office and named after company chairman Jarrett Shadday’s father, Dan Shadday.

Meanwhile, Lecanto residents will get a new Caliber Car Wash in their neighborhood. It will be located at 2927 County Road 491, next to the Shell-Circle K gas station and across from Wawa and Wendy's.

The chain has not announced an opening date.

Car washes seem to be popping up more and more these days. It's not just a Citrus County thing.

Eighty three percent of Americans who own or lease a vehicle used a professional car wash facility at least once in the past year, according to the most recent study (2019) by the International Carwash Association. That’s the highest percentage since 1996.

At the same time, at-home washing declined from 54% in 2016 to 42% in 2019. 

 

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or mbates@chronicleonline.com. To see more of his stories, visit  tinyurl.com/y6kb23vv.