ABQ family sells Octopus Car Wash business

octoozzieALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The country’s largest car wash chain has acquired all six Albuquerque locations of Octopus Car Wash.

Tucson, Ariz.-based Mister Car Wash announced the purchase Thursday via press release, noting that the acquisition gives it 134 car washes and 32 lube shops in 14 states.

Mister Car Wash bought Octopus from the Jurkens family.

John Jurkens opened his first Octopus Car Wash in 1953 in Illinois. The family purchased the Albuquerque locations in 1967, according to the release.

The Octopus at Menaul and Eubank NE had achieved a certain celebrity status in recent years due to its role in the TV show “Breaking Bad.”

“Coming to the decision to sell was not an easy one,” Octopus CEO Joel Jurkens said in the release. “However we are confident that Mister Car Wash will respect the legacy my father and family has built among our long-standing employees and within the industry.”

The Jurkens family once owned 26 car washes, according to Joel Jurkens, but is now down to eight — two in Farmington, three in Wisconsin, two in Illinois and one in Colorado.

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