Each year, our publication compiles and releases a list of the top conveyorized carwash operators in the United States. This list ranks the operators based on the number of locations they have. In this article, we present to you the 2021 Top 50 U.S. Conveyor Chain List, along with insights and forecasts from industry leaders.
The Challenge of Maintaining the List
As the carwash market experiences a rise in mergers, acquisitions, consolidation, and expansion, it has become increasingly challenging to keep this list up to date. With M&A transactions occurring regularly, maintaining an annual list has become more difficult. However, we endeavor to validate the information on the list by obtaining confirmation from the majority of the companies featured. It is important to note that year-end projections provided by these companies may not always match the actual numbers due to unforeseen circumstances.
Newcomers and Familiar Names
While this year’s list includes many well-established names that have been part of the carwash industry for decades, we have also seen the emergence of relatively new operators who have quickly climbed the ranks in just five years or less.
The Continued Dominance of Top-performing Companies
The trend of having a handful of companies dominate the top spots on the list has persisted this year. For the first time, all five companies featured in the top five have triple-digit year-end projected locations.
Expansion and Acquisition News
Our publication has been diligently tracking and reporting on the ongoing expansion and acquisition activities in the carwash market. According to industry experts, this trend shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.
Introducing the Top Five Operators
Let’s begin our list with a new addition to the top five: Mister Car Wash. Holding the top position for several years now, Mister Car Wash has been in the carwash business for over 25 years. They prioritize operational excellence and delivering an exceptional customer experience through their commitment to hospitality. They firmly believe in taking care of their employees, as they understand that happy employees lead to satisfied customers.
Taking the second position is Driven Brands Car Wash North America (formerly International Car Wash Group). Driven Brands Car Wash, the largest local carwash worldwide, entered the carwash industry in 2020 through its acquisition of the International Car Wash Group. With over 900 locations across the U.S., Europe, and Australia, Driven Brands Car Wash has positioned itself as a key player in the industry.
In the third spot, we have Zips Car Wash. With a focus on being Committed, Passionate, Consistent, and Happy, Zips Car Wash has seen substantial growth this year. Their business model revolves around offering a fun and enhanced carwash experience through state-of-the-art technology and excellent customer care. They continue to prioritize community engagement and meaningful connections with their customers.
Quick Quack Car Wash secures the fourth position on the list. Established in 2004 in Sacramento, California, Quick Quack Car Wash has grown rapidly by offering exterior-only, express carwash services. Known for their unlimited carwash memberships and their commitment to the community and the environment, Quick Quack Car Wash has become a popular choice among car owners.
Finally, making its debut in the top five this year is Tommy’s Express Car Wash, located in Holland, MI. Backed by over 50 years of carwash operations experience, Tommy’s Express is a fast-growing national carwash franchise. They focus on providing a superior carwash experience through their innovative site model and cutting-edge technology.
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