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On Guard

Protect Your Business from Theft, Vandalism and Violent Crime Statistics will tell you that the overall crime rate across most U.S. cities has declined somewhat during the last two years. However, just a cursory Google search of the terms “laundromat” and “crime,” unfortunately, will elicit more ...
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It’s a Win-Win: New Deal to Create Enhanced Industry Event, While Building a Stronger Trade Association The Clean Show Executive Committee has announced that it has finalized a deal to sell the biennial industry event to Messe Frankfurt, the largest trade show and event organizer in the world. The ...
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Liz and Nick Merrill Laundry Lounge Coronado Coronado Island, Calif. Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Liz and Nick had previously established Sweat Equity Gym, a fitness center based in Bellevue, Wash. In fact, the couple’s vended laundry in Coronado is located adjacent to their newly ...
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If Operating Your Own Vended Laundry Business is Your New Year’s Resolution, Read This First On New Year’s Day, I know two things to be true. First, throngs of men and women from coast to coast will become members of their local fitness clubs or big-box gyms, which they will visit approximately ...
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Recapping the Past Year… And Taking a Glimpse into the Industry’s Future It’s that time of year again – a time to reminisce about the 365 days gone by – and to try to predict what the next 365 have in store. Everyone does it – from the largest television networks to the most niche bloggers. This ...
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These Four Growing Technologies and Promotional Methods Deserve Your Attention The marketing industry is relentless, and it likes to think big. Every year, new technologies and marketing methods emerge that seek to make it easier for businesses like yours win new customers. And 2018 hasn’t been a ...
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Business is Hopping: An Exclusive Chat with Neil Polifka, Vice President of Marketing and Store Development for The Blue Kangaroo Chain Whit Hughes established the Hughes Equipment Co. in 1958. He was one of the industry’s earliest coin laundry distributors. And, for more than 30 years, Hughes Equipment ...
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Protecting Your Assets

Critical Insurance Coverage and Considerations for Today’s Laundry Owners [This is the first in an ongoing series of articles covering business insurance issues for vended laundry owners.] Insurance. Ugh! Who really wants to think about it? After all, nothing “really bad” has happened at your ...
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WDF

Take Your Wash-Dry-Fold Service to the Next Level As today’s society becomes more starved for time – and as markets for traditional vended laundry services grow increasingly competitive – the wash-dry-fold laundry business have been a consistent bright spot for many successful laundry owners. In ...
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Creating a Winning Team

Staffing Your Brand New Vended Laundry Business As laundry owners, we live and die by “The Rule of 10.” In other words, a new customer’s very first impression of your store occurs in the first 10 feet, the first 10 seconds and the first 10 words. You’ve just designed and built a bright, clean, beautiful ...
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Steve Dietzen Green Bay Express Laundry Green Bay, Wis. Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Steve also owns and operates three pawn shops in Wisconsin. Store Opening February 7, 2018 Business Hours 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Staff Four part-time attendants Total Square Footage ...
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How to Make Sure Your Grand Opening is a Hit The time has finally come. You thought it might never get here. But, after all of your hard work and long days, you’re finally ready to introduce your new (or newly renovated) laundry business to the world. You’ll need to decide which grand opening ideas ...
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What to Consider When Constructing Your First Laundry Business The key to getting through the buildout or construction phase of your vended laundry project can be quite simple. Just hire an experienced, licensed general contractor who already has a couple of first-class laundromats under his belt. ...
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Angel and Lorenzo Barrios Wash Time Coin Laundry Sweetwater, Fla. Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Angel was involved in the real estate industry, including renovating and flipping homes. Store Opening July 2017 Business Hours The store is open 24 hours a day, seven days a ...
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Seven Steps to Getting Your Digital Marketing Plan Off the Ground Grand openings are the birthday cakes of running a laundry business. You’ve worked hard – often struggled – to get your business to the point where it’s finally time to celebrate. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first business or your ...
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What Are You Doing to Delight Your Laundry Customers? The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them – preferably in unexpected and helpful ways. – Richard Branson The numbers don’t lie… • More than half of Americans have scrapped a planned ...
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Eight Best Practices to Follow When Buying a Property As the old saying goes, “Let the buyer beware.” And never are those words more accurate then when purchasing a property to be used for a vended laundry business – whether you’re looking to buy an existing store or build from the ground up. However, ...
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Sitting Down to the Negotiating Table for the First Time? Here’s What You Need to Know First things first… with respect to your laundry lease, the best advice I can offer is be sure you have an experienced commercial real estate attorney by your side to help navigate the page upon page of “legal stuff” ...
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David and Paula Leighton The Laundry Spot Middletown, Ohio Before Getting into the Laundry Business… David was an insurance agent, and Paula was a teacher. Store Opening August 26, 2006 Business Hours 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., with last load at 10:00 p.m. Staff 10 part-time employees, ...
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Is a Business Partnership Right for You? Atypical. Nontraditional. A little weird. Lisa and Daryl Johnson will agree that their business partnership – and subsequent laundry industry success – is probably all of those and more. It began as a fairly normal husband/wife partnership with three smaller ...
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