New car wash breaks ground in Eagle River
A new business is bubbling up in Eagle River.
Earlier this fall, contractors began groundwork at the future site of the Sudzy Salmon – a joint car and pet wash facility under construction near the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Snowmobile Lane. It will be the first new business on the lot since the old Duck Pond Car Wash was razed in April 2016.
Locally owned by a cohort of Alaskans, the Sudzy Salmon was the brainchild of Eagle River realtor Jason Woodward. The business has been months in the making, he said.
It started at a car wash convention in the Lower 48, where Woodward “sort of fell in love with the industry,” he wrote in an email. He and his wife, Amy Woodward, first considered buying the old Eagle River Touchless Car Wash, before it was sold to another corporation, then started looking for land of their own, he said. It proved to be a challenge: In Eagle River, available B-3 zoned land is in short supply, he said. The Old Glenn property fit the bill.
“This spot was perfect because it was previously the Duck Pond Car Wash and near one of our busiest intersections across from Fred Meyer,” Jason Woodward wrote. “We’ve been watching the lot for a couple years.”
Then, just when things were starting to come together, the unexpected happened. Woodward, a U.S. Navy Reservist stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, was deployed to Iraq in May, he said. He hopes to return by the time the Sudzy Salmon opens for business in spring 2018, he said. If not, he said, his wife will run the show.
In late September, the fenced-off lot was empty except for piles of rocks, trucks and other heavy equipment. When construction is complete, plans call for a 120-foot conveyor drive-through car wash and several enclosed pet wash bays, Amy Woodward said. Architectural renderings depict a modern facility situated next to a pond on the north side of the Old Glenn.
Once up and running, the business will employ approximately 10-15 people, Jason Woodward said.
Hiring at the location is expected to begin in early 2018, he said.