Jax Kar Wash acquires Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash

Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash was acquired by Jax Kar Wash on Jan 27, 2023.

Deal Overview
Purchase Date
January 27, 2023
Primary State
Sites Bought
Deal Value
Transaction Synopsis
  • As the owner of Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash, Tom O'Connell, retires, he has sold the business to JAX Kar Wash.
  • O'Connell purchased Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash around 1980 and has been the owner and operator ever since.
  • JAX Kar Wash is investing approximately 1.5 million into the improvement of Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash, so long-time customers can expect changes in the future. 
Market Significance
  • O'Connell decided to sell to JAX Kar Wash because their status of a reputable and well-established business, as well as his personal relationship with the family that owns JAX.
  • Talks were underway for about 8 or 9 months, but JAX officially took over in late January of 2023.
Client Impact
Management Commentary

"Jax has already spent a considerable amount of money putting in the new pay stations and gates with RFID technology and the hardware and software to accomplish that – which will speed things up considerably for customers and reduce long lines."

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