Plans for BeachZone multi-use site in Destin include “green” car wash

Jordan Swanson
The 1.79-acre parcel of land that the BeachZone project is to be built on is situated in front of Winn-Dixie right by Hwy. 98.

A stretch of land in front of Winn-Dixie along Highway 98 could become a retail store, restaurant, and carwash by spring.

Paperwork on file at the Destin City Hall Annex states that a development application has been filed by BeachZone Palms, LLC located in Miramar Beach. David Campbell of Campbell Engineering, Inc. is the engineer on the project.

The project is located at 983 U.S. Hwy. 98 E on a 1.79-acre parcel in front of Winn-Dixie. The plans call for a one-story building with a 2,000-square-foot restaurant that is drive-through accessible, 11,500 square feet of BeachZone retail, and a drive-through, environmentally friendly Executive Carwash.

“What we’ve done there, that not many people do, is we have state-of-the-art equipment,” said owner Andrew Vallianatos of the “green” carwash. Up to 85 percent of the water used at the carwash will be recycled on site.

The tenant for the restaurant has not yet been determined. “The economy is good, and it’s a great location,” said Vallianatos of his reason for beginning the project now and in Destin.

The Vallianatos family, which moved to the area in 1999, also owns BeachZone locations in Destin and Miramar Beach, as well as the Executive Carwash in Miramar Beach. They are locally owned and family run and operated.

“Our goal is to expand for our family and our kids,” said Vallianatos. “We offer a great product at a reasonable price and excellent customer service.”

He added that the aspiration is also “to please our existing customers.”

Vallianatos expects to begin the project any day, with a prospective completion date of April 2013.

Vallianatos said that his reasoning for planning for such a mix of store development is “to diversify.”

“Why do one business which may not succeed?” he said. “We can offer multiple venues in one location.”