EC Chamber, leaders cut official ribbon at new Tidal Wave Auto Spa
By William F. West
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Despite dreary and drizzly conditions Tuesday morning, civic and elected officials and residents turned out for the official opening of the new Elizabeth City Tidal Wave Auto Spa just off Halstead Boulevard Extended.
“We have really noticed the welcoming attitude of everybody around,” Brent Daniel, the car wash company’s business development official, told the gathering, which was sponsored by The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce. “And we can now see why you’re called the Harbor of Hospitality.”
The Elizabeth City Tidal Wave is located east of Bypass U.S. Highway 17, across Halstead Extended from the Shoppes at Tanglewood and adjacent to the Hall Honda dealership.
Pat Akers, Elizabeth City Tidal Wave’s site leader, said after the ceremony he estimated 50,000-60,000 cars have gone through the car wash since he and his team opened the location for business in early October.
“We had 980 come through Saturday (Jan. 20),” in the aftermath of 2018’s second round of snowfall locally, Akers said.
Tidal Wave, which is based outside Atlanta, was established in 2004 by Scott Blackstock, who remains the company’s owner.
Daniel said in addition to Georgia and North Carolina, the company has locations in South Carolina, and is expanding into Florida and Texas and possibly into Alabama.
Asked why the company chose Elizabeth City as a new location and chose the site off the Halstead Extended corridor, he said, “We try to find a spot where a lot of people are going to be coming in.”
Akers said he has 12 people working at the Elizabeth City Tidal Wave and is advertising online in an effort to secure more employees.
Sidney Rabon, marketing executive with First Citizens Bank in Elizabeth City, was at Tuesday’s gathering. He said he hasn’t yet tried out the Elizabeth City Tidal Wave, but said he “absolutely” will in the near future.
Rabon said he particularly likes the concept of being able to drive up, put his car through the car washing process and then be able to park and take advantage of free cloths and vacuums to complete the tidying up process on his own.
“To me, it works,” Rabon said. “It’s a good value.”
Chamber President Mike Hindenach is a firm believer in there being progress when bulldozer drivers are turning dirt at a future business site.
Of Tidal Wave’s investment locally, Hindenach said, “Of course I think it’s great. I think it’s wonderful that we’ve got a new member.”
More importantly, Hindenach said, “is the fact that it’s amenities like this that take our community and make it a little bit nicer.”
“And a lot of these little wins that we’re getting right now are taking and slowly transforming our community into a more attractive community to live in as well – not that we’re not attractive, but this sort of helps fill in some of the gaps,” he said.
The Elizabeth City Tidal Wave is open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Site Leader Akers can be reached at 331-7900.