Business: Big Dan’s announces Oct. 29 grand opening of flagship on Shorter Avenue — and multimillion-dollar expansion plans across the Southeast.

Business: Big Dan’s announces Oct. 29 grand opening of flagship on Shorter Avenue — and multimillion-dollar expansion plans across the Southeast.

The sign is up and operational at the flagship Big Dan’s Car Wash on Shorter Avenue in Rome. The grand opening is set for Oct. 29. Photo courtesy of John Bailey/Rome News-Tribune.

 

Media release: Big Dan’s Car Wash, a division of the Shadday Family Office, announces plans to expand its premium express car wash operations across the southeast. Phase I includes over $100 million invested in strategically selected markets, with 15 locations slated to open by the end of 2022.

A third-generation company, the Shadday Family Office has been involved in the car wash industry for over 20 years. Named for Chairman Jarrett Shadday’s father, Dan Shadday, Big Dan’s mission is to deliver a great experience to its customers, to provide its associates with rewarding opportunities, and to provide a fast, effective, and friendly service. “My dad was a great host and taught me long ago that the key to operating a successful business was to treat people with respect and kindness. For us, it isn’t just about washing cars – it’s about the people that choose to do business with us,” stated Jarrett Shadday.

A successful retail and convenience store operator under the brand of Cowboys Food Mart, Mr. Shadday is a proven, high volume, multiunit operator, who is applying that knowledge to the express car wash industry. “My dad and I were business partners for many years, and I’m excited to continue and grow the Shadday Family Office with the addition of my sons Jay and Gamble.” noted Shadday. Jay is president of Big Dan’s and Gamble will be an operating partner in Florida.

Currently, there are six locations under construction with an additional seven locations breaking ground by the end of the year. With each wash employing approximately 15 team members year-round, the company will add an additional 200 employees to their workforce. Big Dan’s has closed first-round funding for their first 15 locations and is preparing to open funding for phase two.

Pinnacle Financial Partners leads the financing for this expansion, which also includes private equity and lending from other institutions. “Our team has worked with the Shadday family for many years, and it was an honor to be able to answer the call in helping with this new chapter in their story,” said Baimba Norman, financial advisor at Pinnacle. “This is a tremendous project that will bring jobs and growth to several communities in the Southeast.”

Georgia

Joining our Rome and Fairburn locations, two sites are slated to open in Woodstock, the first in March and the second in April, and a fall grand opening is planned for our Hiram location.

Florida

As one of our strongest markets, consumers will find Big Dan’s Car Washes opening in the following locations in the first two quarters of 2022: three locations in Tampa,as well as locations in Lakewood Ranch, Lady Lake, Crystal River and Tarpon Springs. We will round out Florida’s 2022 openings with multiple locations in Bradenton, Orlando and Kissimmee by year-end.

South Carolina

Scheduled to open in late spring/early summer 2022 in Columbia, Big Dan’s is just beginning to scratch the surface in this market.

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“While site costs vary from city to city and state to state, in the end we are pouring $5 million to $5.5 million into each location. Growing our company and being an integral part of economic development within a community, are equally important to Big Dan’s,” noted Chief Operating Officer Tripp Flournoy.

Big Dan’s offers a best-in-class product by providing the most convenient locations, state-of-the-art technology and equipment, top-of-the-line chemicals, an exceptional customer experience, friendly well-trained team members, 120-plus-foot tunnels that clean your car better and faster, as well as numerous free amenities. “We plan to be one of the largest express car washes but our number one goal is to be the best express car wash. We pride ourselves on offering an environment where car washing is a pleasure and not a chore,” said Flournoy.

The company will offer single washes; however, its core focus will be on their signature unlimited wash club. “At Big Dan’s, loyalty and value go hand-in-hand. The greatest value we can offer our most loyal customers is a competitively priced unlimited wash club that allows them to wash their vehicle as often as they want. It’s truly about educating our customers on how to protect their investment and save money at the same time,” said Jay Shadday.

A grand opening at their flagship location in Rome is scheduled for Oct. 29. Their hometown location sits on 1.7 acres, offers a 125-foot tunnel and 28 covered vacuums. The company plans to offer fundraising opportunities to not-for-profits and will donate all proceeds from their unlimited wash club memberships during November to the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Georgia. Groundbreaking and ribbon cuttings for future sites will be announced in the coming months.

The company plans to announce details of phase two of their growth strategy and footprint expansion by the second quarter of 2022.If you are interested in speaking with a member of our development or operations team, contact opportunities@bigdanscarwash.com. For more information on official opening dates, future locations, and news, visit bigdanscarwash.com.

 

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