Southland Auto Wash sells to national chain

Drivers go through the Southland Auto Wash on 28th Street in Wyoming. (Feb. 8, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Owned by the same local family for decades, Southland Auto Wash has been sold to a national chain.

Southland sold all of its locations to Mister Carwash, a company based in Tucson, Arizona. The deal was finalized Wednesday.

The first of what would become the Southland Auto Wash business was known as the Kwik Carwash in 1950. It was located at the corner of Sheldon Avenue and Oakes Street in downtown Grand Rapids, according to Southland’s website.

The Southland Auto Wash on 28th Street in Wyoming. (Feb. 8, 2017)
The Southland Auto Wash on 28th Street in Wyoming. (Feb. 8, 2017)

Currently Southland operates six locations, all of which are in metro Grand Rapids. That includes the original wash to operate under the Southland name on 28th Street in Wyoming.

Two other Southland locations operate on 28th Street in Grand Rapids — one near Eastern Avenue and the other near Woodland Mall.

The newest location was recently opened on Kalamazoo Avenue near M-6. Other locations are located on Leonard Street NW and Alpine Avenue NW.

Mister Carwash markets itself as the “fastest growing” car wash company in the United States.

All of the Southland locations will remain open and retain their names for a few months, but will eventually become known as Mister Carwash.

Southland executives said the company’s some 100 employees would keep their jobs.