This Arkansas-based car wash chain expanded at breakneck speed over the past year, going from 21 to more than 60 locations in nine states throughout the country. Zips Car Wash is basically living up to its name for speed and efficiency, at least as it relates to rapid expansion. The owner of the chain said he owes his success to hardworking employees who keep the brand afloat. Zips is now the third largest car wash chain, according to the trade publication Professional Carwashing and Detailing, and the local publication Arkansas Online.
The biggest acquisition of the year came in August when Zips bought Boomerang Car Wash, a chain with 31 locations of its own. Those locations still bear the Boomerang name but will eventually be rebranded, one region at a time.
Brett Overman, Zips’ founder and chairman, said the rapid expansion has been stressful at times, but it has taught him the value of his employees. He said the 400-plus who work at Zips are key to the chain’s continued success.
The owner of the chain said he wants to be the second largest by the middle of 2017 by adding between 30 and 35 more locations. The second largest chain is Autobell Car Wash with 74 businesses. The largest car wash chain now is Mister Car Wash, which holds 174 locations across the country.
Zips was originally based in Jonesboro, Arkansas and now each location of the business is worth between $3 and $5 million.