Norfolk-based Green Clean Express will soon be making vehicles on the Peninsula squeaky clean when they open two new locations—one in Hampton and one still to be determined—later this year. The Hampton facility will be located at 1045 W. Mercury Boulevard (taking over the Pier One building next to Olive Garden). The second facility is currently going through the entitlement process and other negotiations, but should be announced soon.
“In 2019, we formed a strategic partnership with the family office of TPG Capital Founder David Bonderman,” said Shawn Everett, founder and managing partner of Green Clean. “They helped us get to a position where we could grow and allow us to put more stores in the ground, which is what we wanted to do.”
Knowing that growth brings additional challenges, the company merged with Express Wash Concepts based out of Ohio earlier this year.
“We’re very committed to customer service, and the quality of our product,” said Everett. “We knew that as we scaled, we didn’t want to lose those things. Express Wash Concepts provides us, operationally, with the programs and practices we need to make sure that as we grow, we’re able to do so intelligently and efficiently.”
There are currently five Green Clean locations open in Suffolk, Portsmouth, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. Their expansion plan will create more than a dozen locations by the end of 2021, and more than 20 locations by the end of 2022—with locations ranging from Elizabeth City, North Carolina all the way up to Baltimore, Maryland.
Everett is especially excited about the upcoming Hampton location.
“That area over there on Mercury Boulevard, just from a retail perspective and rooftops, it’s a dynamite spot,” he said. “We’re super excited about the location because you’ve got Kroger across the street and anything else you could need as a consumer is right there. It’ll be attracting people from the area to shop there, and that’s what we like.”
The “Green” in Green Clean Express comes from the fact that their car washes are environmentally friendly.
“I think generally, the car wash industry is more environmentally friendly than most individuals,” said Everett. “If you’re washing your car in your driveway or in a parking lot, that water is going into storm sewers, which ultimately goes into streams, rivers, and eventually the Chesapeake Bay in our watershed. And it carries with it the phosphate soaps, along with the dirt, grime, and grease.”
Green Clean Express ensures that their soaps are biodegradable and phosphate-free. They also recycle and reuse much of the wash water used in the cleaning process. The water is treated on-site and reapplied in certain cycles of the wash. They also use variable frequency drives on equipment motors to reduce electrical demand.
“We’re doing everything we can to minimize our environmental footprint,” says Everett, who actually has a background in environmental science. “We certainly try to be more environmentally minded in everything we do.”
To learn more about their services, including free vacuums for Green Clean Express customers and packages that include an Unlimited Clean Pass Wash Club, visit https://greencleanautowash.com/.