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EVESHAM - A car wash operator has plans for a long-vacant site here that was once famed for its eye-popping Christmas displays.

Sammy's Express Car Wash wants to build on the Route 70 property that once held the G-Boys Garden and Christmas Center.

"We are currently working with Evesham Township for the necessary planning approvals,"  Robert Giannone, one of the firm's founders, said Tuesday.

"We hope to break ground this spring and open by the end of 2021," he said.

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The 1.7-acre property has been unused since the garden center, once a local landmark, closed in 2012. The site was razed several years ago and now is an overgrown lot.

The garden center, which was also known as Gaudio's, opened in 1976 on the westbound highway between Cropwell Road and Conestoga Drive.

The Evesham location would be the second for Sammy's Express, which opened a car wash in December on Route 38 in Maple Shade.

The business, which describes itself as "a revolutionary car washing center," uses a 130-foot conveyor belt to move vehicles through a two-minute washing process.

"It’s a fast, modern, highly engineered system," Giannone said in a statement.

The facility also would offer free vacuum stations for use by customers, he said.

The proposed building's design would include high windows "for a panoramic view in and out of the tunnel, relaxing customers during the wash," the statement said.

The property also would include a solar project to offset the facility's energy use, he noted.

Jim Walsh is a free-range reporter who’s been roaming around South Jersey for decades. His interests include crime, the courts, economic development and being first with breaking news. Reach him at jwalsh@gannettnj.com or look for him in traffic.

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