At the time of this writing, the new car wash and Laundromat on Route 4 had just been officially named SQueechee Clean. The exact opening date will rely on the weather but so far construction is on schedule, and the business is set to open in the early summer of 2018. James Kerrigan says that the family, known for their locally owned businesses, has long thought that a car wash on Route 4 would be a good idea. Ed Kerrigan emphasizes the goal of filling a void in the community, and as many Quechee villagers can tell you: there’s no car wash between White River Junction and Rutland.
For the new building, the Kerrigan’s have enlisted the same architect, J. Barrett & Company, who designed and built Jake’s Quechee Market just down the road from the car wash site. The new building has a similar “northern New England barn” design as the market, using the same materials and colors when possible. James explains that the similar aesthetic is a conscientious decision with the goal of “creating a welcoming, thoughtful design that helps ensure a positive customer experience.”
The car wash will have similar but updated technology as the Jake’s Car Wash in Lebanon: you can enter one of two car wash bays at the rear of the building, and use a self-serve machine to get a fully automated wash. The facility will have two carports to protect you from the elements while you vacuum and clean the inside of your vehicle. The Laundromat will have a total of 20-24 washing and drying machines that are coin and card operated. An employee will be present on site during most daytime hours with the potential for full wash-and-fold services in the future. The car wash and Laundromat will be open 7-days a week from early in the morning to late in the evenings. Like the exact opening date, the hours aren’t official, but a grand opening for a new Quechee business is fast approaching.