Ozzie has left the building.
The octopus mascots that have decorated the signs of Octopus Car Wash locations in Madison for years have been removed this week as the business transitions to a new identity.
National chain Mister Car Wash bought the five Octopus locations — three in Madison and two in Rockford, Illinois — last June and is in the process of installing its signage, the company announced last week.
Spotted this morning on South Park Street: octopus removal. pic.twitter.com/s6nqvy3E2N— Jessie Opoien (@jessieopie) December 15, 2015
R.I.P. Octopus Car Wash ????????????????????????— Jacob Moskowitz (@jacobmosk) December 15, 2015
The Ozzies, sporting brushes, sponges and bottles in their tentacles and smiles on their faces, might not be going away for good, however.
Jeff Jurkens, who sold the Octopus business that his father, John launched in 1956, asked that Mister Car Wash return the signs to him.
"I am working on a plan to display the Ozzies and I appreciate the cooperation I've gotten from Mister Car Wash in this effort," Jurkens said in a Mister Car Wash news release.
Ruth Rohlich, Madison's business development specialist, told Mister Car Wash staff that some in the city would like to see one of the Ozzie signs preserved and displayed. Madison Facebook groups echoed those sentiments on Tuesday.
The sign and name changes are going on at Madison locations at 1039 E. Washington Ave., 2202 University Ave. and 907 S. Park St.
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