Since 1945, Fuller's Carwash, Detail Center & Fast Stop has mollycoddled motor vehicles with a slew of auto services. Founder Bob Fuller's relatives manage each of the auto center's 11 locations, which sprout up every time someone buries a ratchet in fertile soil. Skilled technicians populate the work bays and invite vehicles inside for oil changes, auto repairs, and tire rotations that extend the life of vehicular shoes by encouraging even tread wear. Soft-cloth car washes and meticulous detailing services bolster a car’s resale value and ensure it stays as pristine as the day it was delivered by a factory-assembled stork.
In 1988, a small franchise of Super Wash—a car wash megachain with over 500 locations in several states—opened in South Elgin, IL. Over the years, car wash technology progressed, inspiring founder and president Mark Bohne to strike out on his own and found Pro Wash Express. Today, Pro Wash Express locations in South Elgin and Elgin provide customers with convenient self-service and automatic car-washing options 24 hours a day.
At three self-serve car wash bays, customers can customize their car wash with options including pre-soak, soap, rinse, polish, and spot-free rinse. Two touchless auto-bays leave cars spotless in under three minutes and feature four cleaning options calibrated to tackle cars afflicted by extreme dirt, bug guts, and remnants of the Boston Molasses Disaster. Customers can save time by using Pro Wash Express’ prepaid tokens and cards for both self-serve and auto-bay car washes.
So established is Circle K Midwest that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for—fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Café, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.