The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 7, 2012

Wally Kennedy: Free chicken for those dressed like cows

All of that activity you see at the southwest corner of the 2200 block of South Main Street is connected to the reconstruction of the Crystal Clean Car Wash.

The carwash will be bigger than the one that existed there before the tornado. The owner, John Alburty, who has a long history of operating carwashes in Joplin, has acquired the former Murphy’s Irish Pub property to the south, which effectively doubles the space for the carwash.

The new carwash will have two additional bays. The vacuuming area will be shifted to the south part of the property where the bar once was. The entrance to the car wash, which was too close to 22nd Street, will be shifted farther to the south to comply with a city request. Some new sections of sidewalk are part of the package.

I am told that the appearance of the new carwash will be “much improved’’ when compared with what was there before.


Some big plans could be unfolding at the northeast corner of Seventh Street and South Range Line Road. This was the longtime home of Grand Fortuna. Before that and to the best of my recollection, it was a Diamond Head restaurant and before that it was a King’s restaurant.

A Chicago developer has the property under contract. The plan calls for construction of two buildings in a mini-mall format with two storefronts in each building. I have been told that as many as seven national entities, restaurants and retailers, are vying for those storefronts.

This once again proves that it’s location, location, location.


Andy’s Frozen Custard, under construction at 30th Street and South Range Line Road, should open sometime next month. That’s from a worker at the site.

Andy’s apparently offers a quality product because I keep hearing favorable references. The new building is certainly eye-catching. It makes me want to go there to just check it out.

Mobile 1 Express, under construction at the southeast corner of 24th Street and S. Range Line Road, will open next month, according to Juston Mitchell, the owner.

The shop will be a quick-lube operation, offering oil changes and light mechanical work. That would include air filters, fuel filters, alternators, brakes and minor tuneups.

Also opening next month will be IHOP, 2117 S. Range Line Road.

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