Prontowash U.s.a. Returns To The Galleria

HOUSTON | Friday, March 23, 2007

Environmentally-friendly car detail center opens in two Galleria garages

The Galleria, known for its unparalleled one-stop shopping, is making shopper's lives even easier. ProntoWash, the internationally successful mobile car wash, is re-opening business at The Galleria, helping Galleria shoppers accomplish more of their to-do lists effortlessly. The concept behind ProntoWash is simple yet powerful: By offering car washes in spaces where shoppers normally park, ProntoWash removes a time-consuming errand from shoppers' never-ending to do lists. Efficiency and convenience are the hallmarks of ProntoWash's services, and visitors to The Galleria will enjoy the benefit of one less stop in their day. Owners Mariajose Hurtado and Mariajimena Lizarralde, best friends since childhood, have long shared the same dreams of entrepreneurship. After growing up in Bogotá, Colombia, the two women moved to the United States with their families and began pursuing their careers: Hurtado is currently the Legal Director of the Consulate General of Colombia, and Lizarralde heads the regional office of an international courier and cargo business. However, their ultimate goal of connecting to an American audience was not fulfilled. After much research, Lizarralde suggested ProntoWash, a franchise with an innovative idea for an "Auto Spa" and a dedication to building trust and value in their clients. With an eye on reaching out to Houstonians, Hurtado and Lizarralde opened shop at The Galleria. With locations in 18 countries, including Europe, Central and South America, ProntoWash is known around the globe for its convenience, comfort, safety, quality and environmental awareness. Offering hand car washes and high end detailing services in major high traffic locations, ProntoWash has found success establishing businesses in major shopping centers, corporate buildings and complexes, and strip centers. At The Galleria, shoppers can locate ProntoWash in their two locations: in the Blue and Yellow Parking garages, with expansions by year's end in the Orange and Red garages. For employees working in The Galleria Financial Towers 1 and 2, ProntoWash will pick up cars and return them after they have been cleaned. In addition to its convenience and safety, customer's cars will be washed by hand by a well-trained washer, and the customer can request premium services like shampoo, hand wax and leather treatment, among others. All of ProntoWash's services are performed by certified technicians who have successfully completed a five-stage training and certification program. ProntoWash's wide array of options also include exclusive services such as scratch repair, paint touch up, headlamp re-conditioning, and plastic bumper dent repair. The ProntoWash system consumes only a quarter gallon of water per service and uses biodegradable products, representing an ecological alternative to traditional car washes which use hundred of liters of water per service and generates pollutant effluents. ProntoWash has proudly improved the traditional car washing business with an environmentally friendly and convenient car wash and detailing retail concept. Their state-of-the-art car wash -- more -- service is based on Washing Kart technology, which sprays a low-pressure mix of water, no-foam detergents and a protective wax soil repellant in a step-by-step cleansing method. "We are excited to welcome ProntoWash back to The Galleria, bringing a new environmentally-friendly and safe feature to our property," said Lisa Tagliarino, Regional Director of Business Development for Simon Property Group's Southwest Region. "It is important to us to constantly enhance and improve our offerings. ProntoWash will be a great addition to The Galleria's already-stellar lineup of retailers." Pronto Wash has found the right balance both to protect the environment and offer an effective method of servicing shoppers' vehicles. Whether you need a gift or a time-saver, make your life easier -- park at ProntoWash while you shop! For more information, call 281-779-0783 or visit . Simon Property Group, Inc., an S&P 500 company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a real estate investment trust engaged in the ownership, development and management of retail real estate, primarily regional malls, Premium Outlet Centers® and community/lifestyle centers. The Company's current total market capitalization is approximately $52 billion. Through its subsidiary partnership, it currently owns or has an interest in 285 properties in the United States containing an aggregate of 201 million square feet of gross leasable area in 38 states plus Puerto Rico. Simon also owns interests in 53 European shopping centers in France, Italy, and Poland; 5 Premium Outlet Centers in Japan; and one Premium Outlet Center in Mexico. Additional Simon Property Group information is available at . Simon Property Group, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG.

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