Carrie Rengers

Green Lantern Car Wash plans two new Wichita sites

The Wichita Eagle

Green Lantern Car Wash has a couple of new car wash sites planned for Wichita, one of which is a familiar one.

First, the Salina-based company, a division of Blue Beacon International, is going to break ground in April for a new car wash at 4150 W. Kellogg near West Street.

“It’s great traffic counts,” says marketing manager Marcia Stephenson.

She says the business will be open by November “in our perfect world.”

Stephenson says this Green Lantern will be similar to ones the company has near 21st and Maize Road and at K-96 and North Rock Road.

“Something that’s exciting about this one is that it will have three lanes,” she says.

That’s one more than the others have. It includes a lane with attendants for people who need help selecting packages or maybe are using the service for the first time. It also has an automated lane and one exclusively for customers who have purchased a quick pass.

There also will be self-serve vacuums.

The site is just over two acres.

Troy Farha and Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens handled the deal.

The second new Green Lantern is still likely a couple of years away. Stephenson says it will open at the southwest corner of Kellogg and Greenwich where the company previously had a car wash before having to close it for road construction.

“We will be building there again.”

The new car wash will be on a slightly altered site since some of Green Lantern’s former space is being used in construction. For the most part, though, Stephenson says it will be the same.

She says work won’t begin at the Kellogg and Greenwich site until all road work is completed since freshly cleaned cars and construction don’t mix well.

“Technically our plan is by 2020 … we will have four locations,” Stephenson says. “That will all depend on the Turnpike Authority.”

She says she’s not sure if the company will open any other Wichita Green Lanterns after that.

“That’s always a great question,” Stephenson says. “I think we’re in a really good place once we have four.”

She says Green Lantern pays attention to customer requests, which is part of why it’s going to build at Kellogg and West.

“We want to be the neighborhood car wash.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers