Due Diligence… Done Right

A Step-by-Step Look at Purchasing an Existing Laundromat When you build and open a brand new vended laundry, you take the calculated risk of throwing a party and potentially having nobody show up. However, when you buy an established laundry business and you believe...

Statewide Laundry Equipment Holds Grand Opening at Georgia Facility

Statewide Laundry Equipment – with locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Smyrna, Ga. – recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest office in Smyrna. The open house event gave guests, including current laundry owners and potential investors, a...

Laundry Owners Warehouse Adds to Services Team

Laundry Owners Warehouse, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has named Robert Gonzalez its new foreman for growth and quality elevation in services. With more than 42 years of experience in delivering laundry equipment and supplies, Gonzalez is a perfect fit to spearhead...

‘It’s a Win-Win’

Texas Laundromat Teams with Local Elementary School on Childhood Literacy Program Wash It Kwik laundromat in Denton, Texas, is just a quarter-mile down the road from the Newton Rayzor Elementary School. Simply due to their close proximity to each other, the two...
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Bank on It!

Originally posted - June issue/2012 Former Banking Executive Cashes in with Eco-Friendly Coin Laundry After more than 30 years in the financial industry, Connie Ihrke finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up. A coin laundry owner. "In the banking business,...

The Fruits of his Labor

Originally posted - Jan issue/2012 Southern California Laundry Owner Opens Fourth Store Joe Thompson wasn't looking to expand his three-store laundromat chain in southern California when he came across a store for sale in Tustin. He was just helping out a friend who...

At Your Service: What Laundry Customers Really Want

Orginally posted - Sep 11, 2013 Attracting and retaining more customers are the keys to any successful business. As a result, figuring out just what it is your laundry customers really want or need to spend their money on – and then giving it to them – is the "holy...

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Now Trending…

Originally posted Dec.issue/2012 Eight Trends and Issues Sure to Impact Your Business Life in 2013 "I don't set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them." – Dick Clark Yes, your small-business world can change quickly. And, yes, outside forces and new...

Is the Price Right?

Originally posted - March issue/2012 Accurately Calculating What Your Vend Prices Should Be Goes Well Beyond Figuring Out the Cost of a Wash and Dry It's not uncommon for newcomers to the industry to ask how to accurately calculate the cost of a wash and a dry to help...

Can You Accept EBT Cards at Your Store?

Originally posted - Dec 28, 2012 The subject of EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, acceptance has been a topic of discussion that is increasing in frequency among today's self-service laundry owners. The question of whether this new form of benefits payment can be...

So Many Reasons for Optimism

Originally posted - Jan 26, 2012 Despite all of the economic gloom and doom we've endured in recent years, I'm seeing some strong reasons for optimism in 2012, especially for coin laundry owners. And the best reason to be optimistic is because most of you reading this...

What Does My Gas Bill Mean?

Originally posted - Jan 27, 2012 To understand how our utilities affect our bottom lines, we've got to understand our utility bills. Since I'm often asked to do analyses on energy savings, I've gotten a lot of practice at reading natural gas bills. In this article,...

An Ounce of Prevention

Originally posted - Feb 03, 2014 Washers and dryers are the heart and soul of any self-service laundry business. They are your bread and butter. They are what drive paying customers through your doors. So, why are so many laundromats still inundated with out-of-order...

The Importance of an Employee Handbook

Originally posted - Aug issue/2012 Every business – and a self-service laundry is no exception – requires an employee handbook. After all, you've likely spent (or plan to spend) hundreds of thousands of dollars purchasing and/or building a new laundromat. So why in...

If You’re Not Looking at Your Business, Nobody Is!

Originally posted - Mar 14, 2013 I have a tremendous amount of respect for the small-business owner. As someone who has played on both sides of the fence, i.e. corporate executive and independent business owner, I have come to understand how small-business owners do...

What to Know Before You Sign on the Dotted Line

Originally posted - Jan 30, 2013 From our experience in brokering existing laundries and developing new ones, it is clear that now, more than ever, a building lease can determine the success or failure of a store. Over the last four years, we have had many store...

Overcoming Complacency

Originally posted - May 22, 2012 Complacency may well be the number-one enemy for self-service laundry owners – and the easiest to overcome. As I review the performance of my laundries and talk to other operators, it seems that we have become convinced that three...

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On-Demand Laundry Delivery Service Opens in Washington D.C. Market

Bob Schwartz is the Owner/Operator of WashClub D.C. WashClubTrak, a tech-based laundry and drycleaning company with on-demand pickup and delivery, is rolling out services in Washington D.C. "Doing laundry is a time-consuming, never-ending problem," said Bob Schwartz,...

A New Phase for PWS Legacy

Brad Steinberg, Brad Pollack Now Sole Company Shareholders/Owners PWS - The Laundry Company has announced that Brad Steinberg and Brad Pollack, co-presidents of PWS, Inc., have concluded a buyout of the corporate stock holdings of Eric Steinberg and Mort Pollack,...

Equipment Marketers Appointed Electrolux, Wascomat Distributor

Laundrylux has announced that Equipment Marketers, based in Cherry Hill, N.J., is now an authorized Electrolux and Wascomat distributor for vended and on-premises laundry equipment. "We are pleased to welcome Richard and Susan LaMaina, along with the entire Equipment...

WashClub NYC Celebrates Earth Day

App-Based Laundry Service Will Plant a Tree for Every Customer Order Received in April In honor of Earth Day on April 22, WashClub NYC has announced that it will plant a tree for every customer order received this month. "We are an Earth-conscious company that...

Continental Welcomes New Vended Laundry Distributor

Manufacturer Announces Partnership with Equipment Marketers Continental Girbau Inc. has partnered with a new vended laundry distributor – Equipment Marketers, based in Cherry Hill, N.J. The distributorship will represent the ExpressWash, ExpressDry, L-Series washer,...

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