Burgess Family - Car Wash – History

835 West Union St, Newark, NY

Since our first car wash opened in 1964, our growth has always centered on the people and bringing them the best service we can offer.

1964

1964

1964 –  Frederick W Burgess Jr and Frederick J DeVries built the first self-serve carwash in Wayne County called Sofspra Car Wash. The self-serve car wash consisted of four coin operated hand wash bays and two vacuums. The cost of using the hand wash bay was twenty-five cents for five minutes. The vacuums cost ten…

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1968

1968

1968 – The first tunnel car wash was added. The business name was changed to Freddies Insta Wash.  Texaco Gas pumps were installed in front of the tunnel wash a few years later.

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1990

1990

1990 – Three of Frederick Burgess’s sons, Terry, Matt & Chris came on board to erect a new and larger all cloth tunnel wash at 811 W Union Street to handle trucks and vans. The name of the business was changed from Freddies Insta Wash to Whatta Corp DBA Whata Wash. In 2010 a pet wash was added to the front porch area.

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2002

2002

2002 – Two new Laserwash 4000 in-bays were installed at the original location at 835 W Union St. The front of the building was remodeled and faced with block.

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2020

2020

May 2020 – Heading towards retirement, a decision was made to sell the cloth tunnel wash at 811 W Union Street. Chris remains as owner/operator of Whata Wash at the original location, 835 W Union Street. In keeping with the competition, a decision was made to upgrade the touch free washes to Laserwash 360 Plus.

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Burgess Family - Car Wash – History

835 West Union St, Newark, NY

Since our first car wash opened in 1964, our growth has always centered on the people and bringing them the best service we can offer.

1964

1964

1964 –  Frederick W Burgess Jr and Frederick J DeVries built the first self-serve carwash in Wayne County called Sofspra Car Wash. The self-serve car wash consisted of four coin operated hand wash bays and two vacuums. The cost of using the hand wash bay was twenty-five cents for five minutes. The vacuums cost ten cents for 5 minutes of vacuuming.  

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1968

1968

1968 – The first tunnel car wash was added. The business name was changed to Freddies Insta Wash.  Texaco Gas pumps were installed in front of the tunnel wash a few years later.

Read more

1990

1990

1990 – Three of Frederick Burgess’s sons, Terry, Matt & Chris came on board to erect a new and larger all cloth tunnel wash at 811 W Union Street to handle trucks and vans. The name of the business was changed from Freddies Insta Wash to Whatta Corp DBA Whata Wash. In 2010 a pet wash was added to the front porch area.

Read more

2002

2002

2002 – Two new Laserwash 4000 in-bays were installed at the original location at 835 W Union St. The front of the building was remodeled and faced with block.

Read more

2020

2020

May 2020 – Heading towards retirement, a decision was made to sell the cloth tunnel wash at 811 W Union Street. Chris remains as owner/operator of Whata Wash at the original location, 835 W Union Street. In keeping with the competition, a decision was made to upgrade the touch free washes to Laserwash 360 Plus.

Read more