About Us

Behind the Scenes of Rita Ranch Storage, Car & Dog Wash

The story behind Rita Ranch Storage, Car & Dog Wash might not be what you’d expect. From the start, we’ve worked hard to meet the needs of the people in the area and grow a business to serve our close-knit area.

How it All Began

Rita Ranch Storage, Car & Dog Wash was started in 2000 by a local family. The beginnings were small, with only six self-serve wash bays.

We’ve Grown Based on Your Requests and the Needs of Our Community

Our growth plan is centered on our customers. In 2009, we added an automatic car wash to make things more convenient. In 2010, we added the dog wash to incorporate a fun element into our region full of loving dog owners. In 2013, we opened our Full Professional Detailing Center for our loyal customers wanting to get a their car to look like new. In 2015, we added our RV/Truck Wash for our RV and truck owners. In 2016, we upgraded our auto wash pay stations to “state of the art” systems that accept our periodic special discount codes and new, special-issue coupons.

The storage facilities have also played a big role in our growth. Our air- and water-tight, ultra-secure galvanized steel shipping containers provide a space close by to keep belongings secure. They are used by a variety of people, from families looking for a spot to store rarely used items to our armed servicemen who need to store items when they are deployed overseas.

We have the seventh busiest U-Haul dealership in Southern Arizona. To make moving as convenient as possible, we’ve also started selling packing supplies and boxes.

Service is at Our Core

The team at Rita Ranch Storage, Car & Dog Wash is here to help. Our goal is to provide you with an exceptional experience every time you step foot on our lot. If there is anything we can do to make your life a little bit easier, please let us know!

The Faces of Rita Ranch Storage, Car & Dog Wash

Mike Adams
Mike Adams, Owner

Mike grew up in Laguna Beach, California and spent most of his youth surfing. He moved to Tucson in 1980. Mike is a certified USPTA tennis pro and was the director of tennis at Ft. Lowell Tennis Center for 20 years. In addition to running his businesses, Mike enjoys tennis, golf, biking, swimming, running, chess, and spending quality time with his wife, Heidi, and their three dogs.

Rick Thomas
Rick Thomas, Facilities Manager

Rick is a native to Tucson with several years experience in all aspects of commercial and residential property management, coupled with many years of experience in construction, electrical, mechanical, hard rock mining and a business owner of other occupations. On his time off Rick enjoys target shooting, motorcycling and flying small planes when not enjoying the company of his family, children and grandchildren.

Stu Lind
Stewart Lind, U-Haul Operations Manager

After graduating high school in Springfield, Mass Stu spent 20 years in the USAF at locations all around the world, including England, Germany, Turkey, Thailand, Virginia, Florida, Michigan, and right here in Tucson. After retirement in 1988, he tried government contracting work with E-Systems and Raytheon for a while. Stu has over 10 years of experience in both the self storage industry and as a U-Haul dealer. He’s been married to his wonderful wife Carol for almost 34 years. Between them, they have two sons, three daughters and four grandchildren.

Adam Ruth
Adam Ruth, Detail Center Manager

Adam grew up in the Midwest and moved to Tucson in 1999. He has been in the automotive industry for over fifteen years and specializes in automotive restoration. In his free time Adam enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Some of the hobbies Adam enjoys are shooting, racing, riding quads, dirt biking, fishing, football, and rocking out to music.

Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas, Marketing Director

I graduated from Colorado Technical University in 2015, where I earned my degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Concentration in Information Technology. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy water sports and getting back to nature when possible. I also have a small online jewelry business called Lala’s Nutty Knots where I make and sell crochet jewelry.

Steven Bland, Maintenance Manager

I have been a resident of Tucson for 40+ and a Vail resident for 15 years. I have a heavy background in maintenance and cleaning chemical distribution systems. When I am not at work, I enjoy building anything, shooting, fishing and I am a master on the BBQ grill.

Jesse Ochoa, Facility Maintenance

I have had the privilege of working as facility maintenance at Rita Ranch Car & Dog Wash for over 3.5 years while attending Cienega High School. Upon graduation I started attending Pima Community College in my spare time. I enjoy writing music with my friends in my spare time.

Cheryl Johnson, Senior Greeter

I enjoy meeting the people each weekend as the Greeter for the facility. I was born in upstate New York where I lived on a farm. I graduated from Cannula Beauty School. I have five wonderful children that have provided me with eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. I am currently semi-retired and enjoy spending my free time outdoors with family.