Our family has been in the Car Wash business for over 40 years. It started with Leandro Barela opening EZ Way Carwash in 1969. EZ Way was the First coin operated ‘Self Serve’ car wash in Albuquerque operated on the Westside by Leandro and Estella for over 35 years. They had two children that grew up learning the business. Their son Frank Barela Sr helped run the family business with and after his parents could not.
With all this knowledge, Frank Sr opened the First ‘Express Carwash’ in New Mexico. With so many ‘Self Serve’ and ‘Full Serve’ car washes in Albuquerque, Frank Sr realized that the Westside had a market that no one was catering to. Albuquerque and the Westside needed a fresh new way to clean cars and Frank Sr responded.
Always putting family first Frank Sr. brought his children Frank Jr., Arellana and her husband Adrian Cordero into the business to share ownership and manage the business. In 2009, Instead of retiring Frank Sr. decided to try his hand in the restaurant business opening Cocina Azul an award winning New Mexican food restaurant and catering business with two locations in Albuquerque.
Today Frank Barela Jr. and Adrian Cordero oversee day-to-day operations carrying on the family tradition and proudly serving Albuquerque’s Westside Community. Both Frank Jr. and Adrian are active members of the community supporting high school sports and encouraging local entrepreneurs. With a new Westside location opening soon Frank and Adrian look forward to further establishing Cranky Franky’s Express Carwash as the best Westside Albuquerque Carwash. Stop by today for the best carwash experience in Albuquerque, you won’t be disappointed.