COVID-19 Leaves Laundry Owners Short on Coins

The coronavirus crisis has sparked a nationwide coin shortage that has left retailers scrambling, including some laundromat owners who have found themselves short of the quarters needed to replenish changers. The Federal Reserve recently revealed that the pandemic had...

On the Money

Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times According to a recent Coin Laundry Association survey, nearly 40 percent of the laundromat owners who responded indicated that they had applied for federal funding assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Store...

Planning for a New Normal

Key Considerations for Laundry Owners in the Post-COVID-19 World These days, I find myself spending a good chunk of my time thinking about my laundry business – not necessarily about what to do with my PPP stimulus money or how to run my operation in the middle of...

Make 2020 Count

“The more people, the more dirty clothes.” – Ancient laundromat wisdom Time flies, as do the decades. Despite the ongoing pandemic and economic concerns, there’s a headcount to be made in 2020. The original constitutional edict from the framers comes to life in the...

PlanetLaundry Podcast

CLA COVID-19 Update

The Coin Laundry Association closely monitors updates regarding the coronavirus pandeminc. Click here to learn more and access resources.

The Local Laundry Hub

The Local Laundry Hub

For Many of Today’s Vended Laundry Owners, It’s No Longer a ‘Cash-at-All-Cost’ Business An exciting movement is taking hold within the vended laundry industry. More and more laundries are serving as community hubs, where giving back is as important as receiving....

Please Advise…

Please Advise…

Successful Laundry Owners Share the Best – And Worst – Business Advice They’ve Ever Received “In life, you need many more things besides talent. Things like good advice and common sense.” – Hack Wilson, Major League Baseball Player from 1923-1934 “No enemy is worse...

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

An Interview with Ideal Spot CEO Marc Smookler Marc Smookler has started five companies – three of which are market leaders in their respective spaces: a commercial real estate data platform, an online retailer and a unified communications provider. Mr. Smookler’s...


‘Disruptive in a Good Way’

Utah Landlord Discovers New Success in the Laundromat Industry In 2006, the housing market was starting its quick descent, and rumors of a recession were beginning to rumble. It was during this time that Joe Jepsen decided to make a big move and buy enough properties...

HappyNest Opens St. Louis Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest recently announced its expansion into the St. Louis market. “We have been interested in expansion into middle America since we launched HappyNest, and we feel Graylin Slater and his team will be a great partner for us...

When the Dry Goes Well…

From Equipment Mix to Payment Structure, Here’s How Laundry Owners are Fitting Dryers into The Overall Business Equation Despite major advances in high-speed washer extraction technology, a laundromat completely free of dryers is still nowhere on the horizon. At the...

[Video] The New CLA

“Change is inevitable; growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell Happy New Year! As we enter a new year and a new decade, the Coin Laundry Association is looking forward to celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2020. Video Of course, we’re understandably proud of this long...

Wash with Wally: Negotiating a Long-Term Lease

I’m in the process of signing a lease for a laundromat. Due to the large investment, I am considering asking the landlord for a 20-year lease, which would give me enough time to pay off the debt and establish a profitable laundry business, with extra years left on...

Be a Smooth Operator

Grow Your Laundry Business by Eliminating Points of Friction Leonardo da Vinci was born in Tuscany, Italy, in 1452. Although he had no formal education, he dabbled in painting (Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, to name a few), sculpting, architecture, engineering,...

CLA Connect LIVE: The Year in Review

Pictured above: The CLA would like to send a big thank you to its most loyal Connect LIVE attendee, King Lee (left) of Dexter Laundry Inc., who attended the most events in 2019! The new CLA Connect LIVE program officially launched this past January – with the goal of...

Oshkosh Express Laundry Center Donates to Breast Health Fund

Pictured above, from left: Kristi Williams, Oshkosh Express Laundry Center, manager; Molly Yatso-Butz, Aurora Health Care Foundation, North Region, foundation coordinator; and Liz Knoll, Oshkosh Express Laundry Center, assistant manager. Oshkosh Express Laundry...

Maytag Finance and Planning

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Buying and Retooling

Webinar: Pros and Cons of Buying & Retooling a Laundromat

This program will focus on the pros and cons of buying an existing laundry and what every prospective laundromat should know. Join the CLA for this virtual panel discussion.

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PL Magazine July 2020

This Month's Issue

  • On the Money: Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times
  • Digital Marketing: Customer Service in Today’s Turbulent, Information Driven World. 
  • The Business Mind: How Your Psychological Makeup Impacts Your Financial Decisions
  • Up Close: An Interview with Multi-Store Owner Daniel Marrazzo
  • And more…


Industry News

CLA Announces Speakers for Excellence in Laundry Conference

Every two years, the Coin Laundry Association hosts the Excellence in Laundry Conference, drawing hundreds of laundry industry professionals from across the country. The 5th biennial Excellence in Laundry Conference will bring world-class speakers and industry...

CLA Brings Together Laundry Professionals in New Jersey

Current and potential store owners, as well as laundry equipment distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Hackensack, N.J., on February 5 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at the most recent CLA Connect LIVE event. The program...

HappyNest Launches New Location in Kentucky

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has expanded into the Lexington, Ky., market. “As we build our brand in the southeast region, we have several key markets where we want to find the best operators, and Lexington is one of them,” said HappyNest founder John...

HappyNest Expands into Nashville Market

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has launched a new location in Nashville. “Nashville has quickly become one of the hottest spots in the country, and we wanted to be a part of the action,” said HappyNest founder John MacKrell. “The Wash House has quickly...

LaundryCares, Dexter Laundry Exchange Awards

LaundryCares Foundation Executive Vice President Dan Naumann recently visited Dexter Laundry’s headquarters in Fairfield, Iowa, to present the manufacturer with an award recognizing the company as a signature sponsor of the charitable foundation and its mission....



The Laundry Doctor

Here’s to Your Health

Tips and Tactics to Help Keep Your Wash-Dry-Fold Employees Fit, Pain-Free and ProductiveYour employees are the lifeblood of your wash-dry-fold service. And, as that operation grows, you'll likely be thinking more and more about where to find the next great laundry...

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The Business Mind

Are You a Good Role Model?

Are You a Good Role Model?

Success in the Workplace Leads to Success in the Marketplace Did you know that the strategies you use as a laundry owner in your workplace dictate employee performance and their specific behaviors toward your customers? This article is about you, the laundry owner,...

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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Increasing Drying Capacity

Wash with Wally: Increasing Drying Capacity

I’m short on drying capacity at my store. During the weekends, I have customers waiting for the dryers. Should I add more 30-pound stack dryers, which are what I currently have? Or should I replace at least some of the 30-pounders with larger-capacity stack dryers? If...

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Building on Past Success… Exceeding Our Potential

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018!I consider it an honor and a privilege to be serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Coin Laundry Association this year. Last year was historic for the CLA, as last year's chairman, Jim Whitmore, oversaw the introduction of new...

Something New is Afoot

If you're reading this, you are – simply by virtue of doing so – among the cream of the crop. You are someone who is willing to dig deep to find every little nugget that can further reinforce your commitment to your chosen place in our industry. More importantly, it...



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