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Construction for a 5,000 square foot tunnel car wash is slated to begin early next year in Leland, North Carolina. The man behind the project is a real estate investor who said that while he has little experience in the car wash industry, he does know a thing or two about vehicles. Scott Baker of Carolina Shores Properties LLC has experience running a car dealership back in Christianburg, Virginia.

Baker bought the property for the car wash in November. The plot of land is just over two acres and is located in a commercial area of town called Waterford of the Carolinas. Baker told that he chose the area because the area is known for bringing a high volume of customers and traffic.

“The area seemed to be underserved in this market and it just seemed to make sense for what we’re trying to do, for our vision,” Baker said.

Baker said the plans for the car wash include construction of a 35-foot tower where offices will be housed. In addition to the signature tunnel, 20 vacuums will be installed for customers washing their vehicles. Baker said he plans to include use of the vacuums in the price of a wash.

Construction will wrap up by spring, Baker estimates. When it’s ready for business, he said he plans to hire as many as eight employees. Baker said he hopes the car wash will be a welcomed addition to a part of town that seemed to be in need of such a business.