Free car washes at Brown Bear this Thursday

Brown Bear Car Wash will offer free washes Thursday (Aug. 21) at its “tunnel” locations, which include those in Tacoma, Lakewood and Puyallup.

The Seattle-based business is offering the free washes to mark its anniversary. This year it celebrates 57 years in business, according to a news release.

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For the past eight years, Brown Bear has provided more than 200,000 free washes on the company’s anniversary and Veterans Day. Last year’s anniversary event generated 27,223 complimentary washes, the news release said.

“We blend hard work, pride and a lot of fun into an event that benefits our customers and the environment. It’s a fitting way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers who have supported us over the past 57 years,” said Brown Bear founder Vic Odermat in the release.

The family-owned company, through its parent company, Car Wash Enterprises, Inc., owns and operates a total of 41 car wash facilities in Washington as well as a large network of gas stations and convenience stores, according to the release. It is one of the largest privately held car wash chains in the U.S.