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Car wash mascot Ozzie the Octopus taken down as company changes name
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Car wash mascot Ozzie the Octopus taken down as company changes name

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Workers remove the Ozzie the Octopus sign from the former Octopus Car Wash location at 907 S. Park St. on Tuesday. The three Madison Octopus locations were sold last June to national chain Mister Car Wash, which is changing the name.

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.

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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