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High-end car wash to replace vacant Applebee’s in Port Charlotte

Tommys Car Wash

Tommy’s Carwash purchased the property for $1.8 million

High-end car wash to replace vacant Applebee’s in Port Charlotte


Tommy’s Carwash has purchased a free-standing former Applebee’s location on Murdoch Circle in Port Charlotte for $1.8 million.

This will be the car wash’s first location in the Port Charlotte area, and fifth along the west coast of Florida. The Applebee’s closed in 2018 as part a nationwide restructuring of the restaurant chain, and the space has been vacant since then.

Ron Schultz and Stephanie Addis of Colliers International represented the seller, SCF Funding I, LLC, doing business as Essential Properties. Kevin Riordan of Merritt Realty Corporation represented the buyer, Tommy’s Express Holdings, LLC. The property is located at 19010 Murdock Circle.

“This location will give Tommy’s Carwash outstanding exposure and access,” said Schultz, Managing Director, Retail Investments for Colliers International. “The location shares an intersection with a Walmart Supercenter, Target and Port Charlotte Town Center. It has great visibility and a high density of retail tenants within a mile of the location. The buyer is expecting this to be one of its top-performing locations.”

The seller, Essential Properties, is a publicly traded (NYSE: EPRT) single-tenant net lease investment firm focused on the acquisition of service-providing and experiential real estate. The company owns more than 500 properties leased to more than 80 tenants across 42 states.

The Colliers team helped Essential Properties overcome several hurdles during the sale, including negotiating with adjacent properties to approve a change of use agreement.

Tommy’s Carwash will complete extensive renovations to the property to convert the restaurant space to a high-end car wash. The company has not announced when the location will open.


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Ron has been representing clients in both the acquisition and disposition of retail real estate investments for twenty years, successfully managing thousands of transactions with a deep understanding of the capital markets environment. Ron’s expertise includes strategically underwriting and delivering comprehensive investment valuations of existing single and multitenant retail investments, retail repositioning opportunities, and ground-up retail development. Ron's is well-respected for providing best of class real estate investment services. Ron's commitment to excellence has enabled him to successfully complete transactions totaling over $1 billion to date.

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Ron understands what is important to his clients and owners of retail assets: best in class marketing, reaching the most active and competitive buyer pools, communication, completing transactions at the highest price, in the shortest amount of time … while anticipating, minimizing and removing any potential speedbumps along the way.

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Stephanie Addis

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