Fazoli’s Italian restaurant may be out of the picture at a New Holland property slated for commercial development, but a car wash operation announced earlier this month is still in the works.
Brent Garrett, owner of Xtreme Clean Auto Spa, told The Times on Tuesday that he will be signing a contract this week that would secure a spot for him to start a second car wash at the location on Jesse Jewell Parkway and White Sulphur Road.
Garrett said he would pay $850,000 for a lot of about 1.5 acres at the New Holland property, according to the terms of a contract his attorney is reviewing.
The purchase price is the same as Garrett had agreed on with businessman Wayne Keel of Hall County.
Keel told The Times last week that he had a pending contract to purchase 6.32 acres from Pacolet Milliken for $1 million. Keel said he’d already lined up a Fazoli’s restaurant franchise that he would own to anchor the property. However, to Keel’s dismay, a mystery buyer scooped up the property from Pacolet Milliken.
Garrett said he thinks Keel held on to the contract too long without signing.
“I thought this was going to be a done deal with Mr. Keel a long time ago,” Garrett told The Times. “I found out he didn’t sign the contract. He could have signed a contract with the stipulation the sale would be contingent on zoning changes and annexation getting approved by the city.”
Gainesville City Council approved a zoning request by Keel on Aug. 1 after a lengthy review process. City officials also voted to annex the property.
Garrett said he was offered the lot by The Simpson Company — a commercial real estate firm based in Gainesville. Garrett said he does not know who the mystery developer is, but that the contract presented to him lists the seller as Capstone Property Group LLC.
A check of business filings on the Georgia Secretary of State website indicates that Capstone Property Group LLC was established May 19, 2008, and dissolved administratively Sept. 6, 2012.
Garrett said that when he closes on the contract this week, he expects to break ground on his new car wash in November, after the developer has cleared and graded the undeveloped site. Garrett hopes to open his car wash in the early spring of 2018.
Garrett opened his first car wash in 2005 on Browns Bridge Road across from the Hall County government administrative offices.
“I’m known for being the cleanest car wash in Gainesville,” Garrett said. “At the new location we’re going to be express wash only, we’ll have free vacs and a nice big tunnel,” Garrett said. “It’ll probably be the biggest tunnel in this area.”
In the meantime, Gainesville planning officials say they’ve yet to have any development plans submitted on the New Holland site.