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Fraser: Automatic car wash opens

by Stephanie Miller
Sky-Hi Daily News

Getting a car wash mid-winter in the Icebox of the Nation is a finger-numbing chore, and often a surefire way to get the mud off your car and onto your clothes.

But after five years of working with the town of Fraser, Andy Hanna, owner of Fraser Conoco, has added to his business what, for many locals, will be the end of hunting down $1 bills and quarters.

An automatic car wash recently opened in Fraser.

“It was needed here in town. It was very nice that the town worked with us,” Hanna said. “And it operates good in negative 20 degrees.”

The cold weather has caused some problems, however. The car wash was closed for four days due to a frozen door, but it was a quick fix, Hanna said. With a new apparatus, glitches are to be expected, he said, but now the car wash is open for business seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Drivers can pay for a wash at the pump, and the cost ranges from $7 to $10.

The floors inside the car wash are heated, Hanna explained, to keep it from freezing in Fraser’s harsh climate. It also dries on every cycle.

“I did a lot of homework,” he said.

There is only one other automatic car wash in Grand County, located in Kremmling as part of the Kremmling Mercantile. It is called the Buggy Wash.

New Mexican deli inside the convenience store

The Fraser Conoco also has a new deli inside, called the Fraser Deli and Mexican Grill. It is owned by Julio Arreguin and his wife, Janet, who are both from Mexico and own a restaurant business in California. They moved to Fraser a few years ago because of the opportunities, Arreguin said.

“In California, there are a lot of Mexican restaurants,” Julio said, smiling. “I heard there weren’t a lot here.”

The deli is a Chipotle concept ” customers can choose what type of toppings and fillings they want in their burrito or sandwich. The deli also offers breakfast burritos, shrimp and fish tacos, and tamales and menudo on the weekends.

“It’s been very successful. He gets about 200 burrito orders a day,” Hanna said.

The deli is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

” To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail

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