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It’s official: Brown Bear Car Wash “Free Car Wash Day” added sparkle to 29,673 vehicles during 12-hour anniversary celebration on August 25

Sep 07, 2016
Brown Bear Car Wash celebrated its 59th anniversary in a fitting way last Thursday (August 25) with 29,673 free washes at 22 tunnel wash locations across the Puget Sound area. The total surpasses the previous one-day record of 26,437 set in 2015.

Over the past 10 years the family-owned, Seattle-based company has provided nearly 280,000 free “Beary Clean” washes to celebrate its August “birthday” and to honor former and current service members on Veterans Day.

“It’s a big day for us, and a great way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers,” said Brown Bear founder and CEO Victor Odermat. “From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. we added sparkle and shine to thousands of cars and trucks, and generated a lot of smiles among our customers, too.”

Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 15th Ave West in Seattle.  Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 44 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane. 

Widely recognized for its environmentally-friendly practices, Brown Bear uses gentle, biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.

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About Brown Bear Car Wash:
Brown Bear Car Wash, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc., owns and operates a total of 44 car wash facilities in Washington State as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores.  It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S. and is widely recognized within the industry as being a leader in the environmental movement.

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Steve Palmer, Car Wash Enterprises CFO/Marketing Director,
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