ROCHELLE — On Thursday, the City of Rochelle presented a $5,000 check to Hub City Car Wash South Owner Dave Hoffman as part of its facade grant program.
The program covers half the cost of any improvements made to business fronts in town with a limit of $5,000. The business at 840 S. 7th St. is the most recent recipient. Hoffman recently purchased and renovated the location after his previous location on the south side was demolished following the property’s purchase by Kwik Trip and the end of his lease. He also owns the Hub City Car Wash on the northside of town.
The recently-renovated car wash features all new equipment and five self-service wash bays. Hoffman said the location plans to open fully in the coming weeks.
"It's going to be all-new technology down here," Hoffman said. "It's completely different from the north site. That site has all water tanks because the pressure is weaker up there. Down here, the pressure is better."
City Community Development Director Michelle Pease called the renovated car wash “an awesome investment” in Rochelle’s southern corridor.
Hoffman said if all goes well, there's a chance the largest bay at the new car wash could be converted to an automatic wash in two or three years.
"This place will have a lot of upgraded technology,” Hoffman said. “Everything will be a lot faster with higher pressure. I always reinvest my money back into the wash, because I go to car shows every year and I want to keep updating."