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CALUMET CITY — Fuller’s Car Wash will open in Calumet City in the fall with construction on the site to begin in April, President Doug Fuller said Friday.

The car wash will be at 1498 Torrence Ave. Calumet City Economic Development Coordinator Bryan Swanson said the location is great for both the business and the city.

“We are very excited about Fuller’s in Calumet City,” Swanson said. “The ancillary benefits this traffic will have on Aldi, Sports Authority and Home Depot will be great.”

The City Council approved a Class 8 real estate tax classification for the business Thursday.

Class 8 tax assessment levels are 10 percent of market value for 10 years, 15 percent in the 11th year and 20 percent in year 12 and can be renewed. Industrial and commercial properties are usually assessed at 25 percent.

“It never would’ve happened without the Class 8. The margins are too high with property taxes,” Fuller said. “I really appreciate what the city did for me there.”

Fuller said the location was suggested to him by friends with Sonic Drive-In. He shares a location in Cicero with Sonic and was told he could expect lots of traffic along Torrence Avenue.

Sonic has a location at 1299 Torrence Ave.

Fuller expects about 300 to 400 cars through the wash per day, if use is consistent with his other sites with similar traffic.

There are 16 Fuller’s Car Wash locations spread throughout the Chicago area. The company employees 200 full-time workers and 60 part-timers.

The plan is to hire seven new full-time and 15 part-time employees for the Calumet City location.

The new building will be constructed from the ground up. Fuller said the total investment will be between $3 million and $3.5 million. It will include a 3,840-square-foot car wash, parking spots and vacuums.

The location was formerly a Bally’s Total Fitness.


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