St. Nicholas Car Wash sold

The Lindley family’s St. Nicholas Car Wash has been purchased by Interlinx Technologies, which plans to keep it in operation.

The Lindley family’s St. Nicholas Car Wash has been purchased by Interlinx Technologies, which plans to keep it in operation.

The St. Nicholas Car Wash, one of the oldest family-owned car washes in Northeast Florida, has been sold.

The car wash, which is located at 3237 Beach Boulevard in St. Nicholas Center, was purchased by Jacksonville-based Interlinx Technologies, LLC, according to a press release from Gateway Business Advisors, which brokered the sale. It had been owned and operated by the Lindley family since 1969.

In addition to the St. Nicholas location, Interlinx Technologies purchased Beaches Car Wash at 1401 Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville Beach, which was also owned by the Lindley family.

The family’s patriarch, the late George H. Lindley, began the family’s car wash business in 1952, when he established a location at the foot of the Main Street Bridge, which at that time was the main route through Jacksonville. In subsequent years, he established two more locations, the St. Nicholas Car Wash and another in the Stockton Street area.

“Cars came from up north and were filthy from the snow,” said Lindley’s son, George, who took over the St. Nicholas location from his father in 1971 and later bought Beaches Car Wash in 1988. “People would drive right to us as soon as they got into town. I was raised in the car wash business.”

The sale of the car washes came about when Interlinx engaged Gateway Business Advisors to find a company in which it could invest. Interlinx was looking for a longstanding local business that included real estate and St. Nicholas Car Wash fit the bill perfectly, said Interlinx President David Johnson in a press release. “We looked at a number of companies in different industries, but the stability and quality of these car washes were very attractive,” Johnson said. “The fact that they were local landmarks, had been in business for so long and had a satisfied clientele sold us.”

Although Interlinx has short-term plans for some renovations at the St. Nicholas location, the overall formula and operation of the car washes will remain the same. George A. Lindley will remain on board as a consultant during the initial transition. Many employees at the car washes have been there for decades and Interlinx has no plans to overhaul its staff, preferring to maintain and encourage a “cohesive team atmosphere,” according to the press release.

“In an industry that typically has a lot of turnover, it is so refreshing to have a company where the employees understand the vision and take pride in their work,” said Interlinx Vice President Brian Martin. “These car washes have provided a great experience for customers that we want to continue. We are extremely excited to be able to carry on the Lindley legacy.”

By Marcia Hodgson
Resident Community News

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