UPDATED: As popular car wash shuts, owner vows: We’ll be back

The car park at Homebase from which the FS Car Wash had operated

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.

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.

Blerim Isufi. Picture: Facebook

“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.


  1. Shock horror!
    Well, if you don’t want to get your precious manicure wet, or shimmy up close’n’friendly with a chamois leather, there are another two car wash facilities barely 250m away. Morrison’s (which already had an auto wash facility, adjacent to their filling station) opened up a “much needed” hand car wash a few months ago in the shop car park. Packing them in, last time I looked.

    I did enjoy the lady stand up’s cheeky jibe at UKIP and their slightly less than welcoming friends, on Radio 2 recently. Britons – If you don’t want to see Eastern Europeans over here, wash your own cars!

    To that, I might well add: pick your own fruit, file your own nails and presumably cut your own hair.

    Odd decision though. I’d have thought that the beleaguered Homebase bean-counters would be grateful for any form of regular income. Obviously not. Why? Watch this space, or perhaps more appositely, watch the space currently occupied by Homebase!


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