By Leah Sander
WARSAW — A second Clearwater Car Wash is coming to Warsaw.
On Friday, June 18, a groundbreaking was held for the business’s new location at Escalade Way/Shelden Street near the Kohl’s plaza off SR 15. Business owners and employees and Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce representatives were present for the event.
Clearwater Chief Operating Officer Travis Jones said he hopes the location, the company’s third, will be open in January.
Clearwater’s first store opened at 1055 Husky Trail, Warsaw, five years ago, with another opening in Muncie in July 2020.
“We’ve had five years of just being blessed to be here in Warsaw. It’s gone so well,” said Jones. “We saw the opportunity in Warsaw and Kosciusko County that there were more cars that needed to be washed and the opportunity to just be part of this community more and in a more full manner. Building on this north side of town was there and we wanted to take advantage of that for us and the community.”
The new facility will be similar to the one in Muncie.
“We built and improved on a few things with our Muncie location and so this is going to be a lot closer to what our Muncie location looks like with a belted conveyor that’s almost like a moving sidewalk, so we’re really excited to have that here, then more vacuums,” said Jones.
A rendering of the design is below.
“The packages will be almost exactly the same as (the other Warsaw location),” he said of the services. “We did add a new ceramic sealant.”
The future location will employ 15-20 people.
Charity has been a big part of the business since the beginning, said Jones.
“We partner with Water for Good every year, so a portion of every car wash goes to them,” he said of the organization which works to provide clean water to people in the Central African Republic.
Clearwater also partners with organizations through Clearwater Cares to raise money for them through car wash days.
Jones spoke briefly before the groundbreaking.
Former Clearwater manager Jordan Gillette, who now works as a pastor at Grace Community Church in Goshen, also spoke and offered a prayer to dedicate the location.
“God, we just turn this property over to you now,” he prayed in part. He also prayed for the employees and patrons.
“God, I pray that it would be successful and that we would get to see Clearwater continue to grow and to give you glory through them,” he concluded.