Brown Bear Car Wash turns “63” this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 and will be celebrating by offering free “Beary Clean” car washes to customers from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 27 tunnel wash locations, including in Kent.

The Kent Brown Bear is located at 1202 W. Meeker Street (map below).

Last year’s one-day event was utilized by 30,535 cars and trucks across the Puget Sound area.

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The Seattle-based, family-owned company has provided over 443,000 free “Beary Clean” washes over the past 13 years to celebrate its August “birthday” and to honor former and current service members on Veterans Day.

Brown Bear Founder and CEO Victor Odermat opened the company’s first location in 1957 at 1800 15th Ave West in Seattle. Brown Bear owns and operates 52 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane.

“This has become a tradition for us, and it’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the loyal customers who have supported us for over 60 years,” said Odermat. “It’s a fun and busy day as we celebrate with our customers while benefitting the environment.”

“With everything surrounding COVID-19, there will be some modifications this year, including the closure of vacuums to maintain social distancing during this busy day,” said Odermat. ”But we felt it was important to maintain this tradition and provide free washes to everyone in an effort to bring some normalcy during these challenging times.  We hope this will help us all remember the positive, happy, celebrations of Washington State and the community spirit that Free Car Wash Day creates each year.”

Throughout the year, Brown Bear has instituted enhanced sanitation procedures and the company is a national leader in automated car wash services, which minimize cash transactions at all its locations. In addition, members of Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club have their vehicles washed at tunnel locations with no exchange of cash or credit card.

For participating tunnel wash locations and more information about Brown Bear Car Wash, visit

Brown Bear Car Wash is the largest car wash operator on the West Coast and 12th largest in the United States. Widely recognized for its environmentally friendly practices, Brown Bear uses gentle, biodegradable cleaning detergents at all its locations.

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