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 is young, 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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