Al Paul Auto Wash at 2128 Warrensville Center Road in South Euclid has closed and will reopen in the winter as a Waterway Express.
Michael Goldman, vice president and general counsel for Waterway Gas and Wash Co. in Chesterfield, Mo., confirmed that the transition is in motion.
“We had an opportunity to work with the owners of the old Al Paul car wash to enter into a lease for that property,” Goldman said. “We have full zoning approval from South Euclid. They were very positive to work with.”
Goldman said he did not know the cost of the renovation, which will use the shell of the building, but gut the interior.
“It’s almost a complete renovation,” he said. “As far as dollars, I don’t know at this point. Basically, we are removing a portion of the entrance of the car wash. We are recladding much of the building, new roof, new floor, all new car wash equipment.”
He said customers will stay in their cars for the car wash, in this express version, and that the interiors will not be cleaned.
He said the company has been interested in the Warrensville Center Road corridor and that customers initially requested the location.
Renovations are expected to take several months with opening set for early 2020, Goldman said.
“The Weiss family chose not to renew the lease with the owners of Al Paul, and instead have entered into a lease with Waterway,” Mike Love, South Euclid’s economic development director, wrote in an email to the Cleveland Jewish News. “The property will receive a major renovation and then reopen as a Waterway Auto Wash. Since the building is being converted from one auto wash to another, the city approval process is all administrative (construction permit approval, etc.) with the exception of building design and landscaping, which has been approved by the city’s architectural review board.”
Love said the Weiss family of Phoenix sold the business to a different entity.
“They currently reside in the Phoenix area, where they operate a chain of car washes,” he wrote. “However, they still own the building where Al Paul was housed. The business was sold to the most recent operator of Al Paul who then leased the building from the Weiss family.”
Reached in Phoenix on June 11, Marla Weiss said she could not comment.
Waterway owns gas station and car washes at Lander Circle in Pepper Pike and in Bainbridge Township. The South Euclid location will not include a gas station.
The company has about 2,200 employees and 23 locations in five markets: Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.