Read Hauck, CEO of Camel Express, is creating a chain of car washes and shares his fast growth and plans moving forward.
We opened up our first location at the end of 2016. We did $1.2m in 2017, $1.5 million in 2018, $1.8 million in 2019, and we are on track to do anywhere between $1.8m and $2 million at the end of 2020. We opened a second location at the end of 2019 and currently building out our third and fourth location, and will be opening up 1-2 more locations in the next year.
About Read Hauck of Camel Express
Read Hauck founded the Camel Express in 2014 after several life-altering scenarios that led him
to take his own path and start a business of his own. There was a very big learning curve but
Read was able to get the business financed, planned, built, and then opened the doors in
October of 2016. Since then, the business has become a tremendous success.
Camel Express was founded because the car wash industry in this region had historically
provided marginal service levels, little innovation, and there were no new car washes built in
Nashville for years. Hauck set out to create an environment that gives the employees autonomy to make educated field level decisions for the company as well as providing critical insight impacting the bigger picture decisions that need to be made for the company. This is the reason for the rapid early growth of the company.
The company also partners with a new charity each month to deliver monetary donations as well as time and resource contributions that we hope will make a lasting impression on the communities that we service. They’ve been the beta testing site for three of the latest new technologies that have been introduced to the car wash industry over the last three years and have successfully helped to
implement a new anti-collision software for its car wash tunnels that has been launched nationally (powered by NoPileUps). Camel Express was also the first car wash in the nation to partner with
a manufacturer (DRB systems) to introduce a new license plate recognition system. This
includes implementing new software and putting special license plate recognition cameras in
place that allow customers download a Starbucks-like mobile app payment system that automatically knows who that customer is, which wash they prefer, and it will charge the customer without them even having to roll their window down or pull out their phone or wallet.
Camel Express has established themselves as a leader in the industry in just the four short years since opening. With two new locations under construction, their presence in Nashville is growing and the brand has an additional five locations planned over the next 2 years.