Bubbles Car Wash has operated on Whyte Avenue since 1980. (CBC)

The original Bubbles Car Wash location on Whyte Avenue is closing its doors this spring after 33 years in business.

Owner Natasha Toffoli, whose father started the chain, says operating a car wash in such a busy area has become too challenging. 

"Whyte Avenue is a pedestrian-friendly destination, which makes Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona a very unique part of Edmonton," she said.

"Unfortunately this makes it really difficult for us to operate there and we just don't have the space we need. The congestion is a little much for us."

Toffoli says Bubbles will open a new outlet in another part of town.

The closure will mark the end of an era as there has been a car wash in that location since at least 1963. 

The property owners plan to replace the car wash with a high-end retail development by next year.