MASON CITY – A long-time structure on a busy Mason City road was leveled this week to make way for an exciting new business.
Wooze’s Car Wash operated for decades at 1502 South Federal Avenue in Mason City. Online records show Kwik Trip, Inc. bought the property owned by Specialty Car Wash (Wooze’s) on or around May 24, 2018 for $293,000.00.
The business stopped serving customers around that time.
This past week, the aging structure was completely torn down. The building was deteriorating, was not friendly on the eyes, and much of the sidewalks, boulevards and surrounding areas had fallen into disrepair. Complaints had been lodged with the city, in fact, due to potentially dangerous nearby conditions. Snow was rarely removed from the adjacent sidewalks in the winter and thick ice was always present, making for treacherous conditions for pedestrians.
Perhaps bringing an improvement to the seedy area, construction will begin in coming months by Kwik Trip, Inc. on a new convenience store and gas station (Kwik Star) which will allegedly open late next year. There have been concerns lodged by citizens to City officials about the potential of idling semis parking there for long periods of time, souring the air.
A nearby property owner told NIT, “Anything beats what was there. The place might have been popular in the 1980’s, but this town seems trapped in those days. I, for one, welcome any new development along South Federal that somehow does not involve the sale of 20-year-old used cars.”