As Mr. G's Express car wash gets set for formal opening, residents take advantage of free car washes Featured

Vehicles lined up at times to Sixth and Prairie on Tuesday to take advantage of free car washes as Mr. G's Express conducts a fine-tuning period this week. Vehicles lined up at times to Sixth and Prairie on Tuesday to take advantage of free car washes as Mr. G's Express conducts a fine-tuning period this week. Chuck Samples/KVOE News

Mr. G's Express at Sixth and Prairie is officially opening soon. And area residents have been taking advantage of a unique opportunity to both help the fine-tuning process and get a free car wash at the same time.


Late last week, owner Danny Giefer began offering the free car washes as a way to test the new equipment before officially opening for business. On Tuesday, a line developed from the car wash out to Sixth and Prairie. Giefer tells KVOE News this is different from any other car wash in town. It's also worlds apart from the first car wash he started over three decades ago.

The facility washed over 660 vehicles Tuesday and Giefer says the facility can wash 2.5 cars a minute. Giefer says it took less than 15 minutes to get all the cars in the line washed when the vehicles were out to Sixth and Prairie. By comparison, it can take nearly 15 minutes to process two cars going through a traditional car wash bay.

Having said that, Giefer says the appeal of the car wash is about the experience and convenience as well as the speed.



So far this week, staffers are adjusting how and where the different chemicals come onto vehicles so they get washed as thoroughly as possible. The official opening date hasn't been set yet. Giefer says the free tests will go on through at least Thursday.

The car wash represents a nearly eight-year research period before construction started last summer. It also represents a nearly $5 million investment into what Giefer calls one of Emporia's most blighted intersections, so he's proud to bring this type of facility to the intersection and the city.

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