Officials: Buddy Bear Carwash Could Open In Broadview Before Year’s Out

Sunday, November 4, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: The soon-to-be-completed Buddy Bear Car Wash in Broadview. | File 

If everything goes according to plan, the Buddy Bear Car Wash currently under construction at the corner of 19th Ave. and Cermak Rd. in Broadview, could open before the year is out, according to Broadview officials.

The pending development was brought up during a regular meeting on Oct. 15. Bellwood Trustee Sherman Jones, who helped lure the business to town when he was mayor, said that he hopes the roughly two dozen new jobs that Buddy Bear representatives anticipate filling will go to local residents.

“One of the criteria for him to be able to be here in the first place was hiring locally,” Jones said during the Oct. 15 meeting. 

Jones urged Broadview residents to visit the business’s website at, or visit one of the other eight locations in the Chicago area already open to speak to a manager about job opportunities at the Broadview location.

“[Those jobs are] not a lot money, maybe $10 to $12 an hour, but for high school students, college kids and retired people, people who are looking for something to do — it’s work,” Jone said. “And I’d prefer our own people to be out there.”

Thompson directed village staff to request information from Buddy Bear about job opportunities that the village then uploaded to its Facebook page.

Buddy Bear has eight other locations in Chicago and the suburbs, including one at 1059 Mannheim Rd. in Bellwood.

According to, Buddy Bear “has has been in the Chicagoland area since 1950 … They offer a range of wash types such as lite, plus and deluxe wash, as well as the Buddy Bear Special. They also offer 30-day plays and monthly automatic recharge plans.”

The Berwyn location uses equipment “manufactured locally in Maywood.” Buddy Bear “uses a flat belt conveyor that transports the cars through the wash process — which customers can view while visiting the convenience store.”

The name Buddy Bear, the article notes, was inspired by the nickname of owner Phil Degeratto’s father, who owned a grocery and a car wash.


The Starbucks at 2842 S. 17th Ave. in Broadview. | File 

Other Broadview business and development updates 

  • After being temporarily closed for renovations, the Broadview Starbucks, located at 2842 S. 17th Ave., is back open for business.
  • The Chicago Tribune is renting space at 2124 Roberts Drive to facilitate early morning delivery.
  • The Ashley Furniture HomeStore, 200 Broadview Village Square, recently completed an expansion. The store “now has an outlet section where they’re selling furniture that is not current — it’s last year’s furniture, but still good quality,” according to David Upshaw, Broadview’s building department head. 
  • Sawa’s Old Warsaw Restaurant, 9200 W. Cermak Rd., was closed last month for “approximately a week due to bed bugs and roach infestation,” Upshaw said. The restaurant “had several companies come out … and bomb the place.” The building underwent a thorough cleaning and passed a re-inspection before opening again. The business “is compliant,” Upshaw said.

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