New business in store for Kelly Inn site, Fargo building permit records show

A new-to-the-area business appears to be in the works at the site of the Kelly Inn on 13th Avenue South in Fargo.

According to a building permit application filed with the city of Fargo, a Tidal Wave Auto Spa is going to open at the current site of the Kelly Inn on 13th Avenue. David Samson / The Forum
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FARGO — A new business is in the works at the current site of the Kelly Inn, located at 4207 13th Ave. S. near Target in Fargo, city building permit records appear to indicate.

Tidal Wave Auto Spa, a chain of car washes headquartered in Thomaston, Ga., is eyeing the site to bring one of its car washes to the city at a cost of $750,000, according to a building permit application filed Wednesday, Jan. 14 .

Tidal Wave Auto Spa did not respond to several requests to confirm the new location, though initial application reviews have been completed, city records show. The chain primarily operates in the south, with 62 locations spread across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas, its website said.

Additionally, the firm has 17 confirmed future locations in Alabama, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia as well as one planned for Rapid City, S.D.

A second permit application , also filed Jan. 14, called for the construction of a parking lot for the car wash at an estimated cost of $125,000.


Numerous attempts to contact a manager or owner of the still-in-operation Kelly Inn to confirm the project were unsuccessful.

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