Bebo’s Car Wash was founded by A.S. (Bebo) Klyce in Gadsden, Alabama in 1964. He purchased an existing car wash that was struggling and set to close. Bebo came in with some innovative ideas to the industry, and in just a few months had it operating at a profit. His visionary marketing techniques and dedication to providing the best wash turned this location into a local icon for many years.
As the economy in Gadsden took a turn for the worse, Bebo set out to find a location somewhere in the south that he could open his second wash and in 1981 he found just that spot in Mobile, Alabama. This location was also struggling and was on a month to month basis with a local landowner, but Bebo had the vision to acquire it and turn it into a showcase. This location was credited with washing 1,000,000 full service vehicles faster than any wash in the country and was actually mentioned on Johnny Carson in 1987 for this accomplishment.
Bebo’s was awarded the best small business in the State of Alabama in 1989 by the US Chamber of Commerce and eventually was runner up for the entire nation.