The Elk Creek Car Wash and Laundromat has changed hands and they are working hard to modernize and expand what the Car Wash and Laundromat can do. Such upgrades run the gamut, including a laundry, washing and folding service, installation of wireless internet and credit card readers in the laundromat, and even a car detailing service. The new owner has also announced that there will be a food truck on Friday.
But who is this mysterious new owner who bought this business all of a sudden?
Meet Seth Snyder, 24, from Basin in Bighorn County.
“In recent years, since I was 19, I was doing traffic control for road construction. Right before I moved here, I ended up being a superintendent making traffic control plans, ”he said of his background.
He spent about a year in this role, but during that year he began to consider owning some sort of real estate to diversify his investments. Like many first-time investors, he seriously explored multi-family home ownership, but it wasn’t until his dad suggested he take a look at commercial properties that he stumbled across the Elk Creek Laundromat on a website.
“So I saw that, and I took about 4 or 5 months to figure out how it would work well and so on, and it made sense,” he said.
So he pulled the trigger on the purchase, although he had no previous experience running a car wash, laundromat, or even a business. But what he lacks in experience he makes up for with enthusiasm and courage.
“It was worth it, just to come out here and do it,” he added.
Snyder also worked on transforming his purchase, making one of the laundromat’s bays a space where he can work on his auto-retail orders. Despite the lack of experience mentioned above, he has professional retail experience of someone who had been in the business for twelve years. And even though he’s only been here for less than a month, Snyder’s aesthetic service has already been booked for a week and a half.
“I actually got a call for another request just before you arrived,” he said.
Specifically, Snyder has defined its detailing service as comprising three different categories: interior, exterior or full.
“A lot of people want the interior details done, and what it is, back to front, we go through with scouring pads, we get anything deep out of your rugs, shampoo your carpet, shampoo your upholstery, roof stains, shine the vinyl; if you have leather, we clean it and condition it. I use an air gun so any cracks and crevices that you usually aren’t going to remove the dirt, I can. And then after that, everything becomes completely shiny and polished, “he explained at length.
“As far as the outside is concerned, it’s the same on the outside. We do a heavy wash, a pressure wash, and I even iron with one hand. One, just to really understand, especially on the front bumper to get rid of the bugs, polish your chrome, shine your wheels, get the undercarriage… I mean everything, ”he added.
Its prices depend on the size and cleanliness of the car, but Snyder’s estimate was around $ 120 to $ 180. It might sound steep, but Snyder explained that he spends around 8-10 hours on each full retail service and is flexible in his work with clients.
He has also set up a “Wash and Fold” service where, for a fee, Snyder will do your laundry for you. The rates are based on a minimum charge of $ 6 before the weight-based rates go into effect, but it provides all the drying sheets, detergents and bleach itself. Not the type to be inconsistent, Snyder will separate your whites as well.
Despite the ambition and the slow pace of these twin additions, Snyder explained that it was just him here, although his father would be there in the future to help him. He explained that if things take off, he has no problem hiring help as needed.
It’s not all about innovation, however, as Snyder has spoken at length about the overdue updates for the automatic car wash, the disused vacuum cleaner and more. Unfortunately for Snyder, his maintenance log is also a race against time as winter approaches. But he’s doing all he can, even knowing that some of the more aesthetic changes, like re-coating the area, will have to wait until spring.
He worked hard to get to know the community and let them know that the place is under a new owner. As a result, he noticed that more than a few people told him that they would start using the services again.
Snyder has also taken a liking to the community, adding that his impression of Kemmerer so far is that it’s great, adding that everyone he has met has been “completely supportive and intrigued.”
“My plan is to definitely fit in with this community and show that I am here and ready to change, to make an impact and to help,” he said.
For Snyder, however, being part of the community isn’t just about going out, it’s also about attending city council meetings.
“I’ll go to all city council meetings… I want to know what’s going on in the city and what people are doing. Especially as a business owner, I want to know the decisions that are made here, ”he added.