New car wash, gas station to open


Construction workers move dirt Monday to start building the new Sam’s Xpress Car Wash and Exxon Mobil on Wesleyan Boulevard.


Staff Writer

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rocky Mount will be one of the few sites where a Matthews-based car wash soon will introduce an added concept to its upcoming North Carolina locations.

Sam’s Xpress Car Wash, with plans to open a new car wash in January on North Wesleyan Boulevard next to the Lidl grocery store, also will operate an adjacent Exxon Mobil gas station at the location. Jodi Wilkerson, marketing manager of Sam’s Xpress Car Wash, said the Exxon Mobil will open the same day as the car wash and Rocky Mount will be the company’s third site to feature a car wash and gas station.

The Sam’s Xpress Car Wash and Exxon Mobil concept was started this month in Wake Forest, and the company will open another one later this month in Knightdale.

“This will only be a fueling station there and not be a convenience store,” Wilkerson said. “Customers should get ready for fuel savings of up to 18 cents off per gallon when they purchase a wash at the pump.”

Sam’s Xpress Car Wash  opened its first car wash station in December 2012 in Fort Mill, S.C. Wilkerson said since then, Sam’s Xpress has opened 16 additional locations in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company is expected to have 20 locations by the end of this year, Wilkerson added.

“We’re expanding all over Western North Carolina and love the Rocky Mount trade area,” Wilkerson said. “It’s a large retail hub and draws from a large geographical area. We were drawn to that U.S. 301 corridor due to the high amount of commerical business, including Lidl.”

Once the car wash opens, Wilkerson said, the company will offer a ride-thru car wash experience with a variety of options, including its $5 Xpress Wash to its $15 Top Wash. She added the Top Wash will include a four-day rewash option, which will allow customers to come back within four days for a free car wash.

There will also be an Unlimited Top Wash Club Membership offered, which includes the unlimited use of Sam’s Xpress Car Wash’s vaccums, gourmet coffee and the mat cleaner machine. Each Sam’s Xpress location saves an estimated one million gallon of fresh water per month, Wilkerson said.

“We’re committed to creating an exceptional customer experience by exceeding expectations, utilizing innovative technology and improving the communities we serve,” she said. “Sam’s Xpress guarantees a clean car. If the customer is ever unsatisfied with their wash for any reason, we’ll always make it right.”

Wilkerson said Sam’s Xpress Car Wash will hire 25 employees at the Rocky Mount location. People interested can apply at www.samsxpress.com.