New Owners Take Over Landmark Car Wash In Fairfield

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First Selectman Michael Tetreau cuts the ribbon on Russell Speeder's Car Wash new location in Fairfield earlier this month.
First Selectman Michael Tetreau cuts the ribbon on Russell Speeder's Car Wash new location in Fairfield earlier this month. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A sight not seen in several months has returned to Fairfield: A line of cars stretching from Villa Avenue along Greenfield Street. The traffic jam stems from Russell Speeder’s Car Wash, which officially took over in the space of a Fairfield landmark.

Russell Speeder’s started in Norwalk nearly 50 years ago. It has since spread to Manchester, Avon, Stamford, Milford and Shelton as well as to New York, Ohio, Florida and Nebraska. But local owner Mike Shullman advertises a small-town approach. 

“Most companies just talk about customer service, we deliver above and beyond customer service every day,” their website reads. “Our friendly and experienced staff will draw cartoon characters for your kids on the window, give your kids tattoos and even give your dog a treat.”

Its Fairfield location takes the place of Villa Avenue Car Wash. The business had been in Fairfield for nearly 30 years before filing for bankruptcy and closing down at the end of last year. Russell Speeder’s bought the location and opened for business Nov. 14.

The franchises specialize in speed and low prices. The owners say their standard car washes take less than five minutes each, through their special mix of cleaning chemicals and equipment. The system also avoids using brushes to prevent scratching.

But it might be the price that draws the lines around the corner recently. The company is offering free car washes to everyone through Dec. 6 in honor of its grand opening. After that, the cheapest wash will be $4.99.

Shullman also advertises a “150 percent guarantee.” He promises a refund plus half of the cost back to any customer who says they’re not happy with the service, even going as far as offering pickup and drop-off service.

“If you are not satisfied with any service we will reperform it, no questions asked,” Shullman says on the company’s website. “We will even come to your home or office to do this.”

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