New Wash in Newfoundland
By Tania Moffat
Baie Verte is centrally located, along the picturesque northeast coast of Newfoundland. A remote mining community, it is subject to unpredictable Atlantic weather. Locals rely on the Copper Stop as a one-stop shop that remains open regardless of the weather. The Copper Stop is a gas station and convenience store with a restaurant attached, and very recently, Baie Verte Peninsula’s first and only carwash.
When the Copper Stop went up for sale a few years ago, business partners Joy Barker and Brad Watkins saw the potential in the site. “It had a large parcel of land with it which gave us plenty of room for expansion and development. We saw an opportunity to provide a carwash service not only for locals but for the mining and aggregate companies as well,” says Brad.
Barker and Watkins spoke with Petro Service Ltd. who suggested they attend a carwash show in Toronto. The show offered them the opportunity to view some of the many different models and speak with Petro Service Ltd. about which one would best meet their needs.
Choosing the Right Wash
“We chose to work with Petro Service Ltd. for the new build. They were experienced and very accommodating, helping us to figure out exactly what we needed for our climate and our clientele. After viewing several models at the show, we were drawn to the Washworld Razor and High-Velocity Dryer,” Watkins tells us. The Washworld Razor is a solidly built wash and the added features the partners were looking for came standard with the model, saving them the extra costs of add-ons. Features that Brad and Joy were interested in included stainless steel parts, bigger blowers, standard tri-foam, and a wash that was easy to maintain. Because the Baie Verte Peninsula is home to numerous mining operations, the owners needed a carwash that was able to wash most models of cars as well as the large mining trucks in the area. The climate posed another problem, during the winter months excessive amounts of salt are used on the highways requiring a wash with stainless parts to prevent corrosion.