BARNSDALL — Businessman Terry Shreve’s primary investment is a truck and equipment sales company, but he takes special pleasure in using the Panther Pride Car Wash to give back to the community. Shreve, who bought the car wash in 2016, makes it available for school fundraisers, and sees it as a way to make sure Barnsdall residents have a nice place to clean their vehicles.
Shreve grew up in Norman and spent a number of years on the east coast before moving to Osage County, but he explains that he owned car washes in Virginia and had wanted to apply in Barnsdall what he learned while running those businesses.
“Small town America has been overlooked for years, but we were excited about the opportunity to buy this car wash,” Shreve said. “These little towns really deserve to have something nice. This town has been very good to Brenda and I, and we feel honored that we could give back to the community.”
Kevin Swan, who manages Panther Pride for Shreve, said he’s usually at the car wash early in the morning, and finds the work there peaceful.
Shreve said he’s tried to invest in the car wash and take it to the next level of service.
“This has now become a destination,” he said. “People now come from all over — Tulsa, Hominy, Bartlesville — because it does such a nice job.”
The Panther Pride Car Wash is a small, self-service operation on the north side of Highway 11, to the east of Hatfield’s Grill in the southeast portion of Barnsdall. It’s right next to the highway, which makes it easy for potential customers to pull off and have a look at the accommodations.
Shreve said his investment has been worthwhile, and the residents of Barnsdall have given him their support.
“Support from the town has been unbelievable,” he said. “It just goes to show that small-town America is worth it. I love the town. I know this business and I wanted to say thank-you to the town.”