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HR in the Age of COVID-19

An Interview with Human Resources Expert Claudia St. John Claudia St. John is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring, recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Adding Automatic Doors to Your Laundromat In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many laundromat owners are currently reevaluating every aspect of their stores’ operations. For many operators, this includes the potential addition of...

Are You Covered?

What Laundry Owners Need to Know About Their Business Insurance During These Difficult Times According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the U.S. “are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”...

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CLA COVID-19 Update

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

Teamwork (Part 2)

Originally posted - Jul 23, 2014 [This is the second of a two-part series on ways to build a successful team of laundry attendants.] We recently reached out to a number of self-service laundry owners and asked them to briefly outline their team management practices...

A New Beginning

Originally posted - Jan 27, 2014 After years of unclogging other people's pipes as a licensed master plumber, Florida's Willy Gibson turned his attention to a completely different type of pipe, as the co-owner - along with his wife Margie - of a Pensacola-based smoke...

CLA Member of the Year

An Interview with Chicago Multi-Store Owner Paul HansenPaul Hansen is a third-generation laundry owner who owns six vended laundries in Chicago. He also currently serves as the president of the Illinois Coin Laundry Association.This past June, at the Clean Show in Las...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Paying with Plastic

Originally posted - Feb 27, 2012 One of the most exciting new developments in the self-service laundry industry is the concept of credit card acceptance for laundry services. Recently, many companies, both old and new, have announced products to help the laundry owner...

Paying with Plastic

Originally posted - Feb 27, 2012 One of the most exciting new developments in the self-service laundry industry is the concept of credit card acceptance for laundry services. Recently, many companies, both old and new, have announced products to help the laundry owner...

An Ounce of Prevention

Originally posted - March issue/2012 How to Keep Your IPSO Washer-Extractors Running Efficiently Your car always seems to run better when it's clean. The same holds true for your IPSO washer-extractors. A clean, well-maintained machine shows your customers that you...

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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Untouchable ROI from Speed Queen®

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Webinar: Why Choose the Laundry Business

Are you an entrepreneur looking for a new business venture? Join CLA for this panel discussion with expert laundry owners if you are considering opening a laundromat.

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This Month's Issue

  • Let the Buyer Beware: What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat
  • Guest Feature: Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats
  • Up Close: HR in the Age of COVID-19
  • Insurance: What Owners Need to Know About Their Business Coverage
  • The Laundry Doctor: Planning for the New Normal
  • And more…

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WashClub to Expand Service to Major U.S. Cities

WashClub - an on-demand laundry, drycleaning and tailoring service - has announced it will be expanding its service offering to reach more businesses and households in select cities across the United States. In less than three months, the company has expanded to Long...

Firestone Financial Announces Clean Show Contest Winner

Florida Laundry Owners Receive 0% APR Loan Firestone Financial has announced that Beverly and Rich Fleischer – owners of 24 Hour Laundry Zone in Amelia Island, Fla. – are the winners of the company's Clean Show contest, which awarded them a 36-month 0% APR interest...

Firestone Financial Announces Clean Show Contest

Winner Will Receive a 36-Month, Interest-Free Loan Firestone Financial Corp. recently announced it will hold a drawing to award a 36-month 0% interest loan up to $50,000 to one lucky winner at Clean 2015, which will be held April 16-19 in Atlanta. The winner will be...

Whirlpool Completes Purchase of American Dryer Corporation

Whirlpool Corp. recently announced that it has completed its purchase of American Dryer Corp. The acquisition gives Whirlpool's commercial laundry business a platform to reach new countries and channels, according to the Michigan-based manufacturer. "Acquiring ADC...

Huebsch Adds Loomis Bros. to Distributor Network

Huebsch recently added Loomis Bros. Equipment Co. to its distributor network. Headquartered in Fenton, Mo., Loomis Bros. is now an authorized distributor of Huebsch vended laundry equipment in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and northern Indiana. Founded in 1949,...

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