Tommy’s Express Enters 2020 as Top Car Wash Brand

The following is a January 17 2020 press release published by Tommy Car Wash System’s sister company and national car wash franchise Tommy’s Express Car Wash.

In late 2019 Tommy’s Express Car Wash was listed as the 15th best car wash brand in the “2019 Top 50 List of Conveyor Carwashes” report by Professional Carwashing & Detailing Magazine. This places Tommy’s Express high among the most successful operations and business models in the car wash industry after only three years of operation.

While the franchise may still be in its early days, the foundation supporting it has been long in the making. Originating with the first Quality Car Wash location in Holland, Michigan, the family of companies behind Tommy’s Express celebrated their 50 year anniversary in 2019 and includes world-record setting corporate locations, car wash site developer and equipment vendor Tommy Car Wash Systems, and systems provider Guardian Wash Command.

After its inaugural year in 2016, the Tommy’s Express franchise operated four locations, expanding to seven in 2017. Today, in January of 2020, that number has climbed to 29, with over 70 additional sites slated to open this year in markets across the United States.

According to company President Ryan Essenburg:

“2019 was our biggest year by far and there’s no slowing down ahead. But we’re ready and excited for everything that’s ahead.

With Tommy’s Express we set out to build and bring together, in-house, all the elements that a national car wash organization in 2020 needs to be successful, in a way that the industry has never had access to before. That’s our foundation. Our explosive growth proves that this approach is the right one for us, for our partners, and for the car wash industry.”

According to Alex Lemmen, Chief Operating Officer of Tommy’s Express:

“Right now in 2020 we are exactly where we want to be. We’ve redoubled our team, added a tremendous amount of warehouse and fulfillment capacity, and focused on developing each and every process that goes into building and supporting this organization. I can’t speak highly enough of this accomplishment or the many people who have contributed their time, talent, and energy to make it happen.

I’m also very proud of the WHY behind our corporate mission: Enriching Lives, Adding Value, and Serving Communities. While Tommy’s Express exists today in the right place and in the right time to become a national brand, establishing the largest and most advanced chain in the world, we will forever remain rooted in our calling to serve communities and all who interact with our brand in any capacity.”

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Benefits of the Tommy’s Express Franchise Model

Startup franchises have long enjoyed a higher success rate compared to independent startup businesses, and the franchise model has proven dominant in a vast range of industries from restaurant to retail.

At Tommy Car Wash Systems and Tommy’s Express Car Wash we’ve crafted the most comprehensive, cohesive car wash franchise package available, with an entire suite of benefits including:

A Proven, Cohesive Car Wash System

Each Tommy’s Express Car Wash is built from the Totally Tommy integrated equipment and facility design, developed to achieve the fastest processing speeds and best wash quality available from an express car wash. It’s a template optimized for operation that covers all aspects of the finished facility, including:

  • A visually dramatic building design, optimized for customer experience and low-labor operation
  • A full, high-performing equipment package
  • Leading control systems and electronics
  • Organized tools, replacement parts, and equipment storage

The Name Recognition of a Fast-Growing National Brand

When you join Tommy’s Express you become a participant with a growing national network of car washes. With sixteen facilities currently open and almost 200 more in various stages of development, Tommy’s Express Car Wash is set to become one of if not the widest-known car wash chains in the United States with a large and shared membership pool.

Access to Proprietary Car Wash Equipment

Tommy’s Express Car Wash partners receive access to exclusive car wash technology developed specifically for use in our franchise network. This includes the new Tommy Point of Sale, TommyClub license plate recognition, and the Easy-Chem detergent management system.

By building up the franchise and pooling resources we are able to continually explore, develop, and trial new and innovative technology while individual operators focus on the day to running and success of their individual facilities.

Advanced Site Selection and Development Assistance

The right location makes a world of difference for your car wash’s long-term success. Our in-house development team will help you identify and secure the best possible location for your facility and are ready to assist you through the entire process from site layout and local approvals, to final equipment installation and fine-tuning.

Hands-On Operations Training

To run the ultimate car wash successfully and deliver a high quality wash result you’ll need the right training and practice before your site launches. The Tommy University program brings Tommy’s Express owners and managers to our headquarters in Holland MI for both classroom and hands-on training at our corporate washes, followed by additional training and review at your local site. Our goal is to give you the tools, knowledge, and support you need to be successful from your car wash’s first year through its first decade.

Comprehensive Marketing support

Tommy’s Express is unique in that we provide comprehensive and highly professionalized marketing support before, during, and after your car wash’s grand opening. We manage your social media channels and online directories, providing a constant stream of social media and video content, implementing new seasonal campaigns, and closely managing your online reputation and reviews.

Franchise Opportunities Now Available!

For more information on the Tommy’s Express franchise please visit tommys-express.com/franchise. We look forward to working with you soon!

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“Why a Car Wash Franchise – Follow the System!” Presented by Eric O’Connor at THE CAR WASH SHOW 2018

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