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Parkland grad moves popular auto detailing supply store to bigger location in Lehigh County – The Morning Call

One thing Josh Edmonds knows is that people appreciate a clean, shiny car.

That’s why he had to expand his business based in Upper Macungie Township, The clean garage. The new retail store recently opened at 5619 Tilghman St. and has just about everything a car owner would need to detail their ride.

“I’ve been doing this since 2017,” said Edmonds, a 2003 graduate of Parkland High School who has worked in various aspects of the automotive aftermarket for more than 20 years. “I used to do a part-time job that had a website and I did it from home. And then in 2019 we opened a store, that’s when I went there. went full time.

“But just in those three years, we’ve seen a steady increase. When COVID hit, there were a lot of people ordering stuff because I think they’re home and wanted to detail their cars. Everyone kind of expects business to slow down and it doesn’t. We were really lucky.

According IBISWorlda market analysis firm, car wash and auto detailing is a $14.7 billion industry in the United States and has grown at an average annual rate of 2.1% since 2017.

The Clean Garage’s new location is 7,500 square feet, about five times larger than the previous location, which was about two miles away in Fogelsville. Edmonds bought the property in 2021 for $775,000.

Including him and his wife, Edmonds employs 10 people.

Online orders represent about 90% of the business and The Clean Garage uses most of the property at the rear of the building to store products. On a recent Wednesday afternoon, workers were busy taking orders and filling boxes to ship to customers across North America.

The company sells a wide range of car care and cleaning products, including soaps, shampoos, iron cleaners, wheel cleaners, glass cleaners, carpet and upholstery cleaners, anti-corrosion products, waxes and paint sealants; and tools and accessories such as pressure washers, steam cleaners, car dryers, vacuums, trim brushes, LED work lights, polishing pads and drying towels.

Customers can also purchase a variety of finishing kits, including buffer and polish kits, foam cannon and pressure wash kits, ceramic coating combos, interior kits and polish combos, wax and putty.

The main difference between The Clean Garage and an auto parts store is that it stocks more than 2,000 detailing products, whereas a typical store might have around 20, Edmonds said.

“It’s just a lot more specific stuff, a lot of different branding options,” he said. “They would have your basic wheel wash cleaner, probably one or two options of each. While we have 10 or 15 options for each product.

Edmonds said The Clean Garage moved into its new building, which was formerly JW Auto Addictions, in January for shipping operations. The retail store at the front of the building opened earlier in August.

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“We’ve done a lot of renovations here,” Edmonds said. “It needed a lot of work, but the location was good for us. So basically we had a small retail store, but most of our business is done online, so we needed a lot more warehouse space to be able to stock products. »

In the meantime, walk-in customers could order online and pick up their purchases as the retail section was built.

Edmonds said it attracts walk-in businesses from beyond the Lehigh Valley with people from as far away as New York and New Jersey. The store’s location near Interstate 78 split with Route 22 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension interchange helps, he said. Edmonds added that he would also get walk-in customers from nearby Kuhnsville car wash.

Many locals will take online orders personally, but there’s always an element that likes to know personally what they’re buying.

“For most local customers, they prefer to come here,” Edmonds said. “Some of them are still doing pickup orders. Most of them have started coming back to the store because they like to see and touch everything. A lot of what we sell is in some way unique, so most towns won’t have a store like this for them to walk into.

For more information about The Clean Garage and to stay up to date on the company’s move, visit garage-propre.com and follow the activity on social networks, facebook.com/TheCleanGarage.

Morning Call reporter Evan Jones can be reached at [email protected].