Who bought Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash?

JAX KAR WASH acquired Howell Soft Cloth Car Wash Jan 27, 2023.

M&A History
Acquisition Date
January 27, 2023
Primary State
Site Quantity
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 Quote

"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."

Tom O'Connell
Tom O'Connell