Rita Ranch Storage, Car & Dog Wash draws customers with its teal, yellow and purple color scheme and its unusual name.

It aims to keep those customers by offering a variety of other services, too - advertising in brochures that "We do it all."

The business opened in 2000 with self-serve car-wash bays, U-Haul rentals, RV storage spaces and other storage units. Current owner Mike Adams, 61, bought it in 2005.

Now the company offers all that plus pet washing, a detailing center, windshield replacement and moving and delivery services.

"I have never seen a business with so many different moving parts," Adams said. "I love to come up with new ideas, to make things run more efficiently."

Customers rated the dealership on U-Haul's website an average of four-and-a-half stars out of a possible five stars in customer service and products.

"They have good customer service," Lance Ryberg said while waiting in line in the main office. He's stored his trailer at the facility for more than five years.

For larger storage areas and for items that need to be in a temperature-controlled space, Rita Ranch has large, tightly sealed storage containers that stay 30 degrees cooler than the outside temperature.

Tenants receive coupons for free car washes and dog washes.

"They like that perk," Adams said.

In the front of the property an oversized yellow dog statue welcomes customers to the dog wash and grooming area.

There, three self-serve dog wash bays are equipped with treated water that goes through a soft water system, de-skunking, flea and tick agents, a blow dryer and a grooming area.

On a recent day children chuckled and dogs shook water drops from their fur.

"I love to watch the dog wash," said Adams, who owns five dogs. "It's a family thing and kids have fun."

The business has five self-serve car-wash bays and various types of carpet shampooers and vacuums and sells cleaning supplies.

"There's a good variety of automotive cleaning or freshening necessities," said facility manager Rick Thomas, 55, who has worked at the business for three years.

Adams isn't done expanding: He's in the process of sketching out a new RV and truck wash. His motivation: "I like producing good products and services."

By the numbers

6 acres

Size of the storage lot


Number of square feet of enclosed storage space


Number of self-storage units and spaces

If you go

• What: Rita Ranch Storage, Car & Dog Wash.

• Where: 7850 S. Rita Road.

• Office hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 9:30 a.m.-to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Info: Call 664-0266 or see www.ritaranch.net online.

Ashley Powell is a University of Arizona student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at 573-4117 or starapprentice@azstarnet.com