Seattle, WA-based Brown Bear Car Wash will reopen this Thursday, May 7, in conjunction with Washington State’s phased reopening of the economy. The family-owned company is the largest car wash operator in the state with 51 tunnel-wash and self-service locations. Car washes are among the businesses allowed to resume operations in the initial phase of the state’s “Safe Start Washington” economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During its six-week closure, Brown Bear retained and maintained its payroll of over 350 employees.

“Despite all the uncertainly facing communities we serve during these challenging times, we’ve been proud to support our incredible team members so they could focus on staying safe and healthy with their families,” said Lance Odermat, vice president, general counsel for Car Wash Enterprises Inc., Brown Bear’s parent company.

Odermat said all the company’s car wash locations will resume with regular business hours, with automated tunnel wash locations opening at 8:00 a.m.

Brown Bear has implemented enhanced sanitation procedures, and its automated car wash services minimize cash transactions at all its locations. In addition, members of Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club have their vehicles washed at tunnel locations with no exchange of cash or credit card.

Brown Bear Car Wash is the largest car wash operator on the West Coast and 12th largest in the United States. For more information, visit