It's not terribly uncommon for two businesses to operate out of the same building, especially if they're owned by the same company or franchisee. For example, in Evansville, we had a building on the west side of town that was both a KFC and Taco Bell for several years before KFC was removed and the building became a standalone Taco Bell. On the north side, we have a Dunkin and Baskin Robbins in the same building. But I don't remember ever seeing a restaurant combined with a non-restaurant business like the one in northeastern Indiana that showed up in my Facebook news feed recently.

Take a Look at This Subway / Car Wash Combo

Before you start typing up an e-mail, I know it is common for gas stations and convenience stores to have popular fast-food restaurants inside them. But they both sell food, so at least there is some commonality there. There's nothing I can think of that a car wash and a Subway have in common. Yet, this one exists in Argos, Indiana. A roughly 35 to 40-minute drive south of South Bend.

Google Maps
Google Maps

Yep. That is a real picture of a real thing that exists. My assumption is that the building is owned by one person who is a big fan of clean cars and footlong sandwiches. What I don't know is which came first, the car wash or the Subway? Even though I have no evidence to base it on, I feel like the car wash came first and the Subway was office space for it at some point.

I want to be clear that I'm not dogging the concept. It just caught my attention because I have never seen anything quite like it before, and I thought maybe you haven't either. Unless you're from Argos, then you see it every day. For what it's worth, Argos is a small town of less than 1,800 people (1,766, to be exact) and it seems that fast food options are limited. While it does have a handful of local restaurants, the only other fast food joint that shows up in a search on Google Maps is Mcdonald's, right across the street from the Subway car wash. Clearly, there was a demand for another option, and whoever created this concept made it happen. My hat's off to them.

Part of me wonders if you can add a car wash to your Subway combo meal. Could I walk up to the counter, order an Italian B.M.T., and have the employee ask if I'd like to add a works wash to that for $8.99? Also, is it weird that I want to drive to Argos just to eat at this Subway even though it's nearly a four-and-a-half-hour drive for me?

I haven't been to that part of the state in many, many years, but if I find myself in that neighborhood someday, you better believe I'm stopping to get a sub along with a wash and wax.

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