ROCHELLE — The Hub City South Car Wash at 1006 S. 7th St. in Rochelle was demolished on Wednesday, July 7.
Dave Hoffman, owner of the Hub City North Car Wash and the Creston Car Wash, leased the property and operated the south side car wash until the end of May and watched it come down during the demolition.
“It wasn't like I lost my last loved one, but I had it for 15 years,” Hoffman said. “I had to buy the north side one and that one both at the same time. I never owned it, that's why I never really updated it. In a way I'm glad it's done and over with. I will miss the customers. The north side one has been really busy now."
Hoffman said he’s in the process of downsizing and also plans to sell the Creston location.
When the Stop and Go station on the south side next to the car wash sold to Kwik Trip, Hoffman said the new business in town approached him in October of last year about buying out his lease. And they did.
Hoffman said Kwik Trip considered having a car wash of their own at the location, but decided against it and it plans to turn the site into a parking lot for semi-trucks.