A popular Canterbury car wash has closed after it was unable to renew the lease on the land it operated from.
The FS Hand Car Wash had been based in the car park at the Homebase on the Wincheap Industrial for five years and has now vacated the site.
Owner Blerim Isufi has vowed to find a new location in the city.
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The 36-year-old told the Canterbury Journal: “Unfortunately, we were told we told the lease would not be renewed.
“These were circumstances beyond our control and basically Homebase just cut the water and power off.
“It is a real shame because we worked hard to build up a good customer base.
“Since we closed we have had nothing but phone calls and emails from our clientele who said how shocked they were that we had gone.
“They recognised we provided a good service to the community.”
The FS Car Wash stopped operating on August 1. While it has no site, many of its 15 staff have decided to have part of the summer off
Blerim, who is a Kosovar Albanian, travelled to Canterbury from London every day to work at the car wash and is known to customers as Blair.
He is currently scouting for new sites and believes he may have found one in Sturry Road.
“I’m really hoping that we can find a new location soon,” Blerim added. “As soon as we do, we’ll let our customers know the good news.”
Two years Homebase was bought out by Aussie DIY chain Bunnings in a deal worth £340 million and described by financial analysts as “one of the most disastrous takeovers of recent years”. Bunnings sold the Homebase chain for £1 earlier this year after failing to break into the UK market.
The Canterbury Journal requested a comment from Homebase, but for reasons which are unclear the company has failed to respond.