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$2.3M investment announced at Tiffin Mall

googoo2World’s largest car wash company to locate new facility

TIFFIN, OHIO – September 22, 2017 – Developers have announced intentions to build a Goo Goo 3 Minute Express Wash car wash franchise on an outlot of the Tiffin Mall property. The real estate purchase, construction and equipment costs represent a $2.3 million investment and the creation of up to 15 new jobs.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz says the project is just the first in a series of development initiatives being planned for the site. “It is exciting to see development moving forward in our West Market Street commercial corridor,” he said. “These large-scale projects take time to plan and bring to fruition; this is the first step of many to come for the mall site.”

Started in 1945 in Anniston, Alabama, Goo Goo Car Wash is an express car wash company headquartered in Columbus, Georgia with 39 outlets in five states. The company, in turn, is owned by private British IMO Car Wash Group, the largest car wash company in the world. IMO operates a network of 800 sites across 12 European countries and Australia, washing over 30 million cars every year.

The Goo Goo car wash is the first project announced for the property since the Tiffin Mall was purchased by Toledo-based Key Hotel and Property Management (KHPM) last September. KHPM continues to negotiate development opportunities for the property.

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at

Riley’s Car Wash

Riley'sMeet Emerson Riley, the third-generation owner of Riley’s Wayne Car Wash, located at 249 N. Washington St. in Tiffin. Founded in 1952 by Emerson’s grandfather, Wayne C. Riley, Riley’s Car Wash is the second oldest family-owned car wash still operating in the United States!

Emerson says Wayne got the idea for the car wash from a comic strip. He salvaged parts for his car wash in Michigan, and opened up shop behind the building that is now Hunan King, which at the time, was owned by his father-in-law. They moved their current location in 1962. They started out doing “tub washes” and put in the automated system in 1977. During a drought in the 1980’s, a well was dug to serve the car wash.

Tiffin-native Emerson has been working at the family shop since he was 11 years old. “I never really wanted to leave Tiffin,” he said. “It’s quiet and I get to do my own thing. I never wanted a big city life.”

Of the family business he says, “It’s like home. I feel weird when I’m not here.”

You can stop by and see Emerson for a full detail, full-service car wash or outer car wash Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or Saturday 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday is Ladies Day and Thursday is Retirees’ Day.

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