‘In the Middle of Every Difficulty Lies Opportunity’

How to Stay Wired to Successfully Deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic Can I be completely honest with you? I certainly don’t in any way mean to minimize the very real human toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacted. However, I’m finding this whole coronavirus mess to be...

The Next Chapter

Laundry Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a First-Time Store Owner After more than 20 years of helping would-be laundromat owners finance their entrepreneurial dreams, Stephen Gramaglia has opened his own vended laundry business – CleanFresh...

The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat

A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs Natural gas futures collapsed to a 25-year low below $1.50 per MMBtu in late June, due in part to an ongoing supply glut made worse by the coronavirus-induced drop off in...

Wash with Wally: Ozone Injection vs. COVID-19

My laundromat has two banks of washers – for a total of 16 machines – that feature ozone injection. I was wondering if ozone is effective at killing the COVID-19 virus. If so, I will definitely want to begin extensively promoting and advertising this feature of my...

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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.

Lease Option: Future Rent Shall Be Determined By Mutual Agreement

In an action arising out of San Francisco, a tenant entered into a written lease with a landlord for a term of five years. The lease contained an option provision, which provided as follows: "Providing the Lessee has faithfully performed all of the terms, covenants...

Common Sense vs. Company Policy

The concept of common sense clashed with company policy in a decision regarding an El Torito Restaurant in Burlingame, Calif. A disabled individual requested permission to use the employee restroom on the first floor, to avoid dealing with the 18-stair climb leading...

To Disclose or Not Disclose

What should be said about a former employee when you receive a call from a prospective new employer requesting information about the employee's performance? In one California case, the plaintiff voluntarily left her employment with the defendant and then sought new...

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Less is More: The Greening of an Industry

Originally posted - Jun 26, 2014 Morgan Gary recently received an MBA in sustainable business. Not coincidentally, she also just opened her very own sustainable business – Spin Laundry Lounge, which is described as an eco-friendly laundromat within a "retro-mod" café...

Store Design: Built to Succeed

Originally posted - Jul 31, 2014 Other than location, the most crucial contributing factor to the ultimate success or failure of any self-service laundry is the layout and design of the store's interior. "When you spend time and attention on the layout and design of a...

How Technology Has Changed the Laundry Business

Originally posted - Mar 06, 2014 Technology affects almost every aspect of our lives. Take a look around… it's impossible to miss how wired we all are. Thanks to the internet, virtually anything you desire can be delivered to your door in a matter of days. You can...

Where Are They Now?

Originally posted - Mar 28, 2014 Nearly every month since its inception, this magazine has provided readers with enlightening, behind-the-scenes glimpses at self-service laundry businesses across the United States. From new investors to veteran operators, sole...

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...

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...

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...

The CLA Member of the Year

Originally posted - Dec 12, 2013 Brian Brunckhorst is currently the owner of four laundromats in the San Francisco Bay area. He's also the vice president and treasurer of the Golden State Coin Laundry Association, a real estate investor, the author of the popular...

A Sense of Community

Originally posted - Dec 20, 2013 When the Tasty Baking Company (makers of the popular Tastykake line of snack foods) decided to relocate its production facility, the move opened up a 30-acre parcel of prime real estate in northern Philadelphia, where the company's...

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...

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Webinar: Pros and Cons of Building a New Laundromat

CLA will host successful store operators who will share their experiences in building a new laundromat and what they learned along the way. Register today.

Ozone

Adding Ozone Wash to your Laundry

Using ozone for washing isn’t a new concept. Commercial laundries have been taking advantage of ozone’s cleaning properties for years. Attend this webinar to learn more about this growing trend in the self-service laundry business.

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This Month's Issue

  • The Lifeblood of Your Laundromat:  A Look at the Current Utilities Markets – And What Laundry Owners Are Doing to Control Costs
  • Federal Reserve, U.S. Mint Team Up to Alleviate Coin Shortage
  • Wash-Dry-Fold: Independent Contractors vs. Store Employees
  • Up Close: Industry Veteran Stephen Gramaglia Discusses His New Life as a
    First-Time Store Owner
  • And more…

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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,...

Eastern Funding Names New COO

Financing Company Promotes Stephen Gramaglia Eastern Funding, LLC has promoted Stephen Gramaglia to the position of chief operating officer. Formerly the company's executive vice president, Gramaglia will oversee credit operations, along with a number of the company's...

ADC to Host Service School

Educational Sessions To Be Held June 2-4 at the Company's Offices in Fall River, Mass. American Dryer Corp. has announced a new free education initiative aimed at helping self-service laundry owners and OPL operators. To be held over three days in June, ADC's service...

CLA Salutes Laundry Industry Leaders

Trade Association Announces 2015 Award Winners The Coin Laundry Association's Awards Committee has announced the 2015 recipients of the CLA Industry Awards. The committee recognizes the top volunteers in the self-service laundry industry every two years. All awards...

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