Brothers Stan and Steve Cox are working on their second Trax Express Carwash, this time in Andover.
“It seems like we’ve kind of got a niche in small communities,” Stan Cox says.
Four years ago, he and his brother, who is CEO of Cox Machine, opened their first Trax in Derby, where Stan Cox lives.
Stan Cox used to own Machining Specialists, an aerospace parts company. He says when the economy slowed and the company lost a major contract, he wanted to look for something new to do. He researched businesses and decided an express wash made sense.
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“Derby was one of the few places that could support a new one,” Cox says. “It’s met our expectations.”
He says he’s gone from having a dozen customers who spent thousands with him to having thousands of customers.
“It’s a whole different kind of business environment.”
Trax offers outside washes only and then provides vacuums for customers to use.
The Andover property, which the brothers recently purchased, is at 565 S. Andover Road. That’s just west of the Dillons Marketplace.
The new property is an acre and a half compared to three-fourths of an acre in Derby.
“We think Andover will be even more successful than Derby,” Stan Cox says. “With Andover, there’s not really much competition anywhere around.”
Green Lantern Car Wash moved its store at Kellogg and Greenwich to K-96 and North Rock Road.
“It really opened up a big void in that area,” Cox says.
Also, he says, “We learned quite a bit from Derby.”
One key, Cox says, is offering the free vacuums.
“The more vacuums you can have available, the better chance the customer will stay and get their car washed also,” he says. “We’re pretty crowded at the location in Derby.”
Cox says his goal is to open the new Trax in December, and he will share more details then.