ABC building Baymeadows area car wash

The Orlando-based liquor-store chain is diversifying its business.

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Think of it as a new variety of bubbly.

Orlando-based ABC Liquors Inc. is preparing a new venture in Jacksonville – an automated car wash in Baymeadows.

The city is reviewing a permit application for R.D. Michaels Inc. of Winter Park to rebuild the former ABC Fine Wine & Spirits site at 8771 Baymeadows Road with a 1,595-square-foot car wash and vacuuming stalls at a cost of $1.34 million.

The city determined in October that no mobility fee needs to be calculated for the project on 1.52 acres. 

The Jacksonville Planning Commission approved a zoning exception.

The existing 7,582-square-foot liquor store, built in 1976 for Jax Liquors, would be demolished, plans show.

ABC bought Jax Liquors in 1990.

The Orlando Sentinel reported June 23 that the liquor-store chain is evaluating locations for car washes.

It reported that Chief Marketing Officer Sean Kelly said the business name is Tux Car Wash, but that ABC is finalizing details.

“This is another way for us to diversify our business,” Kelly told the newspaper.

“At ABC, we are always seeking new opportunities and ways to cater to our communities.”

He said family-owned ABC has 123 stores in Florida and continues to open two to four stores a year.