Upgrading Your Laundromat

Five Steps to a Successful Retooling Project Since opening my first laundromat – O-Town Laundry in Salt Lake City – approximately five years ago, I’ve retooled three more stores, am currently building two stores and have three more waiting in the wings. Working with...

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...

Industry Roundtable: Maximizing the Dry

Leading Manufacturers Weigh In on the Current State of the Vended Laundry Dryer – And Its Impact on Today’s Laundry Owners and Customers What’s really new with dryers and drying? Dryers and the very act of drying clothes and other items, by definition, represent half...

Ready for Excellence 2020?

Registration is now open for the CLA’s Excellence in Laundry Conference with inspiring speakers and networking in San Diego May 13-14. Get your tickets to Excellence today!

CLA Member of the Year

CLA Member of the Year

An Interview with Multi-Store Owner Michael Finkelstein Michael Finkelstein began his professional career as a broker manager for Georgia Pacific, where he worked with supermarkets in the Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia territories. In 1983,...

Maintaining the Ideal: The Keys to Optimum Dryer Care

Maintaining the Ideal: The Keys to Optimum Dryer Care

An Interview with Whirlpool Customer Relations Manager Joe Carrita Joe Carrita has spent more than 23 years in the commercial laundry industry, with a special focus on the on-premises laundry market and customer service. He recently discussed the latest in dryer care...

2019: The Year in Review

2019: The Year in Review

Laundromat Industry Experts Review the Past 12 Months – And Share Thoughts on What May Lie Ahead It’s impossible to recap the past year in the laundromat business without acknowledging the clear-cut success of the Clean Show, which attracted more than 11,000 attendees...

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[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...

Working Together for a Stronger Industry

As my chairmanship on the Coin Laundry Association Board of Directors comes to a close, I want to reflect on both my personal growth and evolution… as well as that of the CLA. The CLA, which works to grow and better the vended laundry industry, is ever-changing to...

CLA Member of the Year

An Interview with Multi-Store Owner Michael Finkelstein Michael Finkelstein began his professional career as a broker manager for Georgia Pacific, where he worked with supermarkets in the Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia territories. In 1983,...

Maintaining the Ideal: The Keys to Optimum Dryer Care

An Interview with Whirlpool Customer Relations Manager Joe Carrita Joe Carrita has spent more than 23 years in the commercial laundry industry, with a special focus on the on-premises laundry market and customer service. He recently discussed the latest in dryer care...

Maytag Finance and Planning

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This Month's Issue

  • Manufacturers Roundtable: The State of the Vended Laundry Dryer
  • Business Management: Five Steps to a Successful Retooling Project
  • The Laundry Doctor: A Linen Rental Service May be the Perfect Way to Keep Your Washers Turning – And Your Business Growing
  • and more…

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[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...

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...

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On Camera

Surveillance Technology Continues to Improve – And It Provides Laundry Owners With More Benefits Than You May Think A recent PlanetLaundry cover story discussed the ins and outs of laundromat security, with a good portion of that article highlighting the importance of...

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The Business Mind

Broadcasting Your Business

Broadcasting Your Business

How to Use Radio and Television to Promote Your Vended Laundry I’ve always been extremely interested in radio and television. As a child, I used to collect mail order catalogs for two-way radios and look through them constantly. I’d also listen to my transistor radio...

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Wash With Wally

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Digital Marketing

Staying Connected

The Best Way to Keep Up with Today’s Fast-Paced Online World The internet is different today than it was yesterday. And it will change again tomorrow. Just go check out your Facebook feed – or inbox! You’ve likely got a completely different look, and that’s just on...

Marketing Your Multi-Store Operation

To Grow Your Vended Laundry Business, Focus on Four Key Factors Here’s a fact that shouldn’t surprise you by now: More than half of all purchases are influenced by a digital presence. You, your neighbors and the strangers across town are all Googling (and maybe...

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Big in Japan

I’m very fortunate that my career with the Coin Laundry Association has enabled me to travel internationally to the trade shows that serve our industry worldwide. Each of these opportunities yield great returns, as I learn more about the business and build...

Open for Business

For the grand opening of its Canadian flagship location, Lululemon – the popular yoga-inspired athletic apparel company – offered free merchandise to the first 30 people to run naked through its new retail outlet. As you can imagine, the media was all over this...

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