More car wash businesses are broadening their offerings to maximize the potential revenue from each visitor. Those who’ve converted car wash bays to self-serve dog wash bays say they don’t regret it.
WashTrends Magazine interviewed Dan Callihan, owner of Glen Burnie Car & Dogwash, who said he turned one of his car bays into a dog bay with two stainless steel dog washing tubs. And according to the Evolution Dog Wash company’s blog, dog washing was a big hit at this year’s Car Wash Show in Chicago.
“My car wash is right next to a dog park, and I have consistent customers that bring their dogs to be washed every single weekend,” said Randy Holladay of Del Norte Car Wash. “The Evolution Dog Wash is recognized as the gold standard in the self-serve dog wash industry,” the company wrote in a classified ad at Professional Carwashing & Detailing.
But there are other suppliers, like the Poly Pet Tub, which is a more traditional dog washing station.
We’ve talked about the benefits of diversifying, like opening or partnering with a convenience store or restaurant (and its pitfalls). Dog washing seems to have a lower startup cost than other expansions, like laundromats, convenience stores, and oil change.
Not sure how it works? Bill’s Car Wash & Detailing Centers has a nice video primer: