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Wolfeboro Carwash & Executive Detail expansion

Construction is nearly complete at the Wolfeboro Carwash & Executive Detail’s new 1,536-square-foot detailing center and truck accessory showroom.

Located on Pine Street across the street from the carwash at Clark Plaza, the new gambrel-style building includes a large, two-bay garage and work area on the main level, a separate office and showroom, and a two-bedroom rental apartment. Wolfeboro Carwash & Executive Detail owner Andrew Swenson, who bought the business in 2008, said he had been looking for a building lot for several years on which to expand. Turns out that his landlord, Clarke Plaza owner Paul Zimmerman, owned the Pine Street lot, which had one time had a dilapidated barn on it that was torn down. The location – a stone’s throw within sight distance from the carwash – was perfect.

“I wanted to keep an eye on both businesses as possible,” said Swenson, during an interview where potential clients stopped in to make appointments. “I bought the lot in April after I got all the town permits; we started construction late June,” he added. As he was entering into a property purchase and business expansion, Swenson said he was particularly interested in keeping the process as uncluttered and free of paperwork as possible. At the beginning stages, he connected with Wentworth Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Denise Roy-Palmer, whose office, coincidentally one can see from the construction site.  Through WEDCO, Swenson obtained a loan that funded the new construction.

“I was looking for some temporary funding to get through the building project with the least amount of bureaucracy as possible,” he said “and as it turns out WEDCO was able to help.”

With its motto of, “Our business is helping business” the purpose of WEDCO’s financing is to retain and create employment opportunities for area residents.  WEDCO has lent over $5 million and leveraged $32 million. This lending activity has resulted in the creation and retention of over 500 jobs.

Roy-Palmer said Swenson’s business expansion was an ideal project for WEDCO. This new facility will provide him with the ability to continue to grow the business. This is another perfect example of an
individual having a vision for a vacant underutilized land/building and creating a well thought out new aesthetically pleasing property. WEDCO is proud to be a part of it.

Another unexpected but positive feature as it turns out the business is located within one of the Town of Wolfeboro’s Economic Revitalization Zones. Businesses located within an approved Economic Revitalization Zones that invest in plant or equipment and/or create at least one new job may qualify for tax credits through the NH Division of Economic Development.

Swenson acted as the general contractor on the construction project and utilized many local businesses and tradesmen. That team includes Bedrock Excavation, Raputa Construction, Bayside Concrete, Don’s Electric, Pierce Heating and Knight Security Systems, among others. Currently, his carwash and detail crew includes Eric Moran who runs the carwash, and detail technician Robby Pomerleau.

Swenson has an off-site support team as well--his family.  His wife, Kara, is a teacher at the Carpenter School in Wolfeboro; their children, Abagael, 12, and Mica, 9, attend the Alton Central School.  While Swensen was particulary busy these last few months overseeing the expansion and building project, he credits his wife with not only supporting his entrepreneurial endeavor but keeping the family running as well.

Executive Detail is not limited to cars – Swenson will offer a menu of detail services for boats and all types of vehicles. His expertise in the area of detailing is extensive. Swenson is part of a national network of professional detailers called the “Detail Mafia.” Several years ago that team was chosen to detail Air Force One.

Recently, Swenson attended the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Trade Show in Las Vegas where saw the latest in truck accessories, hot rod trends and restyling. The new part of his business will sell and install truck accessories such as grill guards, side steps, racks and toolboxes.

A ribbon cutting and/or grand opening event will likely be held in coming months. In the meantime, the more immediate deadline is to complete the two-bedroom apartment upstairs which has already been leased. The rental, which features a beautiful new hickory kitchen and engineered hardwood floors, will help Swenson cover the costs of the new venture. As for the design, Swenson said he wanted the building to have a New
England style.

“I think this building fits in well here – it’s a good addition to the corner,” he said.

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