Another Lulu’s Carwash is coming to Aiken.
The popular automatic car wash has left thousands of vehicles squeaky clean since it first opened last year on East Pine Log Road. Now, another will be constructed on the west side of Richland Avenue on one of the Shoppes at Richland outparcels.
City Planning Director Ed Evans approved the concept plan for the car wash this week.
The item does not have to go before City Council because the Shoppes at Richland concept plan from 2006 states that approval can come from the planning director. If the planning director finds that the new business’ design fits the look of the other shopping center’s buildings, he has the final say.
The outparcels in that area are zoned Planned Commercial, and a car wash is considered Vehicle Sales and Service in the City’s zoning ordinance. Evans said that the use is permitted based on the 2006 plan.
Lulu’s Carwash is owned by Carlos Marban and Robert Black. The business, which only has locations in the CSRA, is named after Marban’s black Labrador, which is depicted on the sign wearing a yellow rain slicker hat.
Marban is excited that they got the green light for the new Lulu’s and said he knows it can sometimes be hard to obtain approval from the City, which he said isn’t really a bad thing.
“It’s a compliment to us to have gotten approval,” Marban said.
Marban said customers asked if they were planning to ever build on the other side of town, which sparked the idea to put another in Aiken.
They felt there was enough of a demand for another Lulu’s, and the owners liked the shopping center location so they pursued the opportunity.
“We felt like another one on the other side of town would be a good investment,” Marban said.
The new Lulu’s would be approximately 4,000 square feet in size and include 21 vacuums that can be used for free.
Construction of the new Lulu’s is expected to begin early next year. The outparcel in which it will locate is adjacent to the Murphy Oil gas station.