110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted Jan 6, 2014 - 10:25:45am
The old Denny's restaurant building in DeLand has been demolished to make way for a carwash.
DeLand Planning Director Mike Holmes talked about the project now beginning to take shape on a 1.25-acre outparcel of the Victoria Square Shopping Center.
"They're out of Tennessee. They're going to build a carwash. You put your money in, and out you go," Holmes said.
The name of the new business will be Sporty's Car Wash, and it will be the first of a new chain. The entrepreneur is Gordon Hardwick, a DeLandite now living in Knoxville and planning to return soon to his hometown.
Hardwick described the carwash in a telephone interview with The Beacon.
"It's customer-centric. It's going to be completely automated," he said. "It allows everybody to take advantage of it."
Hardwick said Sporty's Car Wash will probably be ready to open for business in May. Sporty's will bring 10 to 12 new full-time and part-time jobs to the area.
The construction contractor is Dickinson Custom Homes Inc. of DeLand.
Holmes said the demolition permit put the cost of tearing down Denny's at $25,000. The building permit for Sporty's Car Wash puts the cost of construction at $570,000.
DeLand’s Denny's closed last year after more than two decades of serving local diners and out-of-town visitors.
Hardwick, a 1981 graduate of DeLand High School, said he is looking forward to coming back to DeLand, where he was born and raised.
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