60 Years… And Counting

An Interview with Laundromat Owner Frank Lambing Frank Lambing is one of the laundromat industry’s true pioneers. He opened Lamb Launderette on his family’s farmland in Williamstown, N.J., in 1961. And he’s never looked back. Today, still in the very same location,...

In Your Face

Never Stop Looking for Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Your Customers – And Potential Customers If you’re a regular reader of PlanetLaundry, you know that my fellow columnists Stephen Bean and Dennis Diaz are always talking about the importance of your...

General Booth Sales Now Open for Clean 2022

General booth sales are now open for the upcoming edition of the Clean Show, which is scheduled for July 30 – August 2, 2022, in Atlanta. Space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. With pre-sales already underway for all 2019 Clean Show exhibitors, the...

Laundry’s Changing Landscape

From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices “I hate that word ‘franchise.’ It always makes me think of French fries.” – Sigourney Weaver French fries? Yes. Cheeseburgers? Definitely. Dirty laundry? Maybe not...

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Liability Can Be a Slippery Slope

Picture this scenario: A woman slips and falls on the floor of your self-service laundry and suffers substantial injury to her back. An ambulance is called to transport the customer to a nearby hospital. The wailing sound of the siren grows fainter and fainter as the...

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...

‘I’m Behind in My Rent! What’s Next?’

As the title character, Harold Hill, in the Broadway musical, "The Music Man," observes, "Trouble! Right here in River City!" Substitute the name of your hamlet for River City and the message should be clear. In most states, a three-day notice to pay rent or quit must...

Some Advice on Giving Advice

A member of the Coin Laundry Association recently called me regarding an adverse ruling in small claims court, which resulted in a $770 judgment against the laundry owner. Apparently, an attendant employed by the owner assisted a customer – at the customer's request –...

Laundry Leases: Exercising Your Option to Renew

The most important asset of your self-service laundry business is your lease. Washers and dryers produce little income in storage or in a parking lot. As you probably know, coin laundry operators are repeatedly advised to enter into long-term lease arrangements,...

When Colleges Offer Free Laundry

A laundry owner located near a state university recently posed an interesting legal question. It seems that the school has begun offering "free laundry" to students residing in its dormitories. And, in fact, this appears to be somewhat of a trend, as an increasing...

Can a Shareholder be Liable for Corporate Debt?

Although the personal liability of shareholders is generally limited to their investment in a corporation, there are circumstances under which corporate protection from personal liability can be set aside by the courts. The basis for setting aside such protection is...

Can a Shareholder be Liable for Corporate Debt?

Although the personal liability of shareholders is generally limited to their investment in a corporation, there are circumstances under which corporate protection from personal liability can be set aside by the courts. The basis for setting aside such protection is...

Before Heading to the Junkyard

In a recent California case, a coin laundry operator took possession of a closed location, which contained a number of washers approximately 20 years old and cannibalized for parts over time. In assuming possession of the location, the coin laundry operator installed...

Before Heading to the Junkyard

In a recent California case, a coin laundry operator took possession of a closed location, which contained a number of washers approximately 20 years old and cannibalized for parts over time. In assuming possession of the location, the coin laundry operator installed...

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This Month's Issue

  • Laundry’s Changing Landscape: From Branded Concept Stores to Franchise Opportunities, Laundromat Investors Have Never Had More Choices
  • Digital Marketing: Investing in ‘Online Real Estate’
  • The Laundry Doctor:Creative Ways to Get Your Brand in Front of Customers 
  • A Laundry Life: An Interview with Store Owner Frank Lambing
  • And more…

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U.S. Mint: No Change to Coins

In December 2014, the U.S. Mint submitted its biennial report to Congress regarding its ongoing Alternative Metals Study. The report included a recommendation that no changes be made to the composition of circulating coins. The report goes on to summarize the Mint's...

Yankee Equipment Names COO

Yankee Equipment Systems, Inc., based in Barrington, N.H., has appointed Peter Limoncelli its chief operating officer. Limoncelli has held a variety of positions at Yankee throughout his 22-year career, ranging from field sales to sales management to executive-level...

Laundry Systems of Tennessee Names New Service Manager

Laundry Systems of Tennessee, based in Sevierville, Tenn., recently promoted Sean Cloonan from service technician to service manager. "Sean is an extremely hard worker who gives his utmost to help out customers in need of technical service," said company owner Jeff...

Owner’s Manual

Maintaining Your Wireless Network If You Haven't Revisited Your Network Since It Was Set Up, Now Is the Time If you're a laundry owner like me, you're accustomed to routine equipment maintenance, such as removing lint from the fronts of dryers or cleaning HVAC...

A Long Time Coming

Jason's Laundromat in Uniondale, N.Y., first opened its doors in July 2011. However, if co-owners Eddie Yacoub and Randy Shami had their way, the store would have been serving the community a lot sooner than that. For some time, Yacoub had identified the Uniondale...

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