Andy’s Car Wash, a family-owned business in Columbia City since 2000, will be under new ownership starting November 1 when third-generation family member James “Ben” Anderson and his wife Niki Anderson take over operations. The full-service car wash is located at 255 Frontage Road, just north of U.S. 30 between State Roads 9 and 109.
To celebrate the transfer of ownership, an Open House will take place on Saturday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the WLDE Fun 101.7 Weenie Wagon on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help celebrate the occasion with free hot dogs, chips and water. The public is invited to attend this event to welcome the new owners and say farewell to the current operator, Adam Anderson, who is moving to South Carolina to be closer to his son. Car wash discounts, giveaways and a door prize drawing will be a part of the festivities.
Andy’s Car Wash, which originated in Bluffton, was founded in 1971 by James Forrest “Andy” Anderson, the grandfather of the new third-generation owner James “Ben” Anderson. The Columbia City car wash has been operated by Ben’s cousin Adam, who also is a grandchild of the founder.
Andy’s is the only remaining car wash in the area to offer express interior cleaning in addition to exterior cleaning. A basic exterior car wash is $8 and the $25 “Ultimate Works” offering includes express interior and full-service exterior cleaning, along with a towel dry, air freshener and Weather Shield protectant. Customers also can choose $11 and $14 exterior washes that provide more services than the basic wash, and/or the express interior cleaning alone for $10. The new owners plan to upgrade the car wash to offer additional services, such as a complete exterior waxing, interior detailing, and other options by appointment.
Ben and Niki Anderson reside in Fort Wayne and are graduates of Homestead High School. Ben, a journeyman electrician with a background in plumbing and automobile mechanics, will be running the operational side of the business. Niki, who has been working part time at Canterbury School’s after-school care program while raising their two young daughters, Arianna and Madelyn, will be in charge of the office and accounting functions for the business. The Andersons say they hope to continue the family legacy by passing on the car wash to their daughters someday.
The Andersons are clients of the Northeast ISBDC, where they have received assistance with financial projections and marketing for the new business. For more information on Andy’s Car Wash, call 260-244-4550 or visit the company’s Facebook page. To learn more about the services of the Northeast ISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org or call 481-0500.