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September 30, 2013

McDonald's owners buy West Side car wash

Space alleviates cramped parking at McDonald's.

The owners of Logansport’s McDonald’s at the intersection of Market and Cicott streets recently bought the vacant car wash across the street.

Soft Touch Car Wash has been on the market since May 2009, according to Judy McNarny of McNarny & Wolfe Realtors, the realty firm with which the car wash was listed. It had been listed for 1,555 days.

“It was kind of a unique property,” McNarny said. The owners, who also run a car wash on Logansport’s east side, had determined they would sell the former west side car wash only on the condition that the buyer not open a new car wash.

Mark and Patricia Hammons, owners of five McDonald’s franchise locations including the one at 611 W. Market St., purchased the former car wash at 714-716 W. Market St. at the end of August, said Patricia Hammons.

A sales disclosure filed with the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance indicates former owners Mike and Vickie Miller sold the property for $60,000.

The property included a parking lot and a 2,560-square-foot building formerly used as a car wash, as well as some vacant land, according to county property records.

The Hammons bought the property mainly for the extra parking it would afford, Patricia Hammons said.

“We already have it in use,” she said. “We struggle a tremendous amount with parking at the restaurant.”

Employees began parking there the day after ownership was transferred, she added. Up to a dozen vehicles may be parked there on a busy day, said Patricia Hammons, depending on employees’ transportation arrangements.

The change “has taken a lot of pressure off of the restaurant,” Patricia Hammons said.

She expects to use the former car wash building to house equipment related to taking care of the restaurant properties and some space for the facilities manager to carry out repairs.

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