Big Dan's Purchases 64-Year-Old Pronto Car Wash Center
April 12, 2022—After serving its community since 1958, the Pronto Car Wash and Quik Lube center in St. Petersburg, Florida, will be taken over by a chain.
According to The St. Pete Catalyst , the 1.6-acre car wash, detailing center and express lube will now carry the name of Big Dan's. Big Dan's Car Wash is family-run and operated and based out of Georgia. They currently operate over 20 express car washes.
“We are able to reuse the existing business and it has a great layout. It was a very strategic acquisition," said Jay Shadday, president of Big Dan’s Car Wash. "When we site-search, we look at the population and density, on 34th Street, we felt there was a strong enough population to support the center and competition.”
The new owners will demolish the oil change center and the self-serve car wash bay. They are planning on keeping Pronto's tunnel and iconic vintage sign. The demolition will allow for a reconfiguration of traffic flow and an opportunity to make some overall renovations to the site.
Pronto's last day in business is April 12.