Wash with Wally: Increasing Drying Capacity

I’m short on drying capacity at my store. During the weekends, I have customers waiting for the dryers. Should I add more 30-pound stack dryers, which are what I currently have? Or should I replace at least some of the 30-pounders with larger-capacity stack dryers? If...

SAMCO Announces Change in Leadership

SAMCO recently announced that Adrienne Gibbs and Melissa Roberts have assumed management of the company’s day-to-day operations, with future plans of total ownership of the distributor. Gibbs, who has been with the company since 2000, started out answering the phones...

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...

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...
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Business Bio: Laundry Lounge Coronado

Business Bio: Laundry Lounge Coronado

Liz and Nick Merrill Laundry Lounge Coronado Coronado Island, Calif. Before Getting into the Laundry Business… Liz and Nick had previously established Sweat Equity Gym, a fitness center based in Bellevue, Wash. In fact, the couple’s vended laundry in Coronado is...

Messe Frankfort Acquires Clean Show

Messe Frankfort Acquires Clean Show

It’s a Win-Win: New Deal to Create Enhanced Industry Event, While Building a Stronger Trade Association The Clean Show Executive Committee has announced that it has finalized a deal to sell the biennial industry event to Messe Frankfurt, the largest trade show and...


Free Laundry Day to Benefit Miami Area

On Monday, March 25, 2019, My Sunny Laundry will simultaneously host a LaundryCares Free Laundry Day at its two locations in the Miami area from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The two locations are: My Sunny Laundry, 16897 NW 67th Ave., Miami Lakes, Fla. 33015 My Sunny Laundry,...

CLA Connect LIVE Travels East

Current and potential store owners, distributors and manufacturers gathered in North Bethesda, Md., on March 5 and in King of Prussia, Pa., on March 6 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at the CLA Connect LIVE events. The Maryland event...

A Business Evolution

Over the Years, Spector Textile Products Has Shifted Its Focus – And Grown Its Operation A century ago, Lawrence, Mass., was a world center for textile manufacturing – featuring a great stone dam that fed an extensive system of canals to provide hydropower to the...

Wash with Wally: Treating Smoke-Damaged Garments

I’ve been approached by an insurance company to launder clothing and bedding that has been damaged by smoke from house fires. Before I accept the offer, I was wondering if smoke-damaged clothing requires any special care. Also, is there any special way to treat...

Statewide to Open New Georgia Facility

Statewide Laundry Equipment recently announced that it will open a new office in Smyrna, Ga. The new facility will feature sales and service teams, as well as a showroom, an equipment warehouse, and a fully stocked parts department. In addition, the company will host...

Aaxon to Host Seminar for Laundry Investors

Aaxon Laundry Systems has announced that it will hold an investment seminar this May at the company’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Aaxon Consultant Frank P. D’Annunzio will lead this educational session, which will include insight into securing laundromat...

CLA Connect LIVE Turns a Triple Play in February

Current laundry owners and potential investors – along with distributors and manufacturers – gathered in Burbank, Calif., on February 20, in Seattle on February 21, and in Raleigh, N.C., on February 27 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge...

United Financial Adds Industry Veteran Kirk Stone

United Financial Corp., a nationwide leasing and equipment financing company based in West Des Moines, Iowa, recently announced that laundry industry veteran Kirk Stone has joined the company and will oversee its new Commercial Laundry Finance Division. Stone formerly...

Appeal to Your Laundry’s Diverse Demographic Mix

Provide a Colorful Palette of Services – And Smile All the Way to the Bank All vended laundries are different and cater to their own unique demographics. No two locations are the same. To maximize revenue generated from a specific demographic, it makes sense to appeal...

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Industry News

Dexter Laundry Salutes Top-Producing Distributor

Western State Design, headquartered in Hayward, Calif., recently received Dexter Laundry’s 2018 “#1 in Dexter Sales Worldwide" Award at the manufacturer’s annual conference in Waikiki, Hawaii. It marked the 12th consecutive year that WSD has achieved this honor. The...

Laundrylux Acquires Automated Laundry Systems

Laundrylux recently acquired Automated Laundry Systems, based in Jacksonville, Fla. The distributorship is led by Don and Kristen Packard. “We are delighted to partner with Don and Kristen, who are sophisticated business leaders aligned with our strategic vision,"...

CG West, Elite Business Investments to Host Pre-Clean Open House

Continental Girbau West and Elite Business Investments will co-host a Pre-Clean Preview Open House on Saturday, May 4, at CG West’s headquarters in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. The event – scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – is open to all southern California vended...

Low Cost Manufacturing Names New VP

Low Cost Manufacturing Inc. has named Ken MacKay as the company’s new vice president of parts, sales and distribution. Prior to joining LCM, MacKay spent 12 years overseeing the parts department for a major machinery dealer in the laundry industry. He was responsible...



The Laundry Doctor

Getting Into Your ‘Comforter’ Zone

Getting Into Your ‘Comforter’ Zone

Build Your Business by Becoming the Comforter-Cleaning Specialist in Your Marketplace In today’s world of drycleaners and commercial laundries all trying to carve out their own special niche by adding extra services, such as residential wash-dry-fold laundry and...

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The Business Mind

Head ‘Em off at the Pass

Head ‘Em off at the Pass

Use Preemptive Marketing to Outshine Even Your Toughest Competition Are you are sitting down? I hope so, because what I am about to relay to you may be the single most amazingly powerful marketing technique anyone could ever use. Yet… I have never seen it done in the...

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A New Beginning

When my husband and I bought our first laundromat in June of 2016, I had been employed by Corporate America for more than 30 years. However, I was laid off just 21 days after that laundromat purchase.I had begun my professional career in 1983 as a designer for Bell...

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Of all the factors impacting the success of a laundromat, site selection is right up there with having sufficient capital to launch and operate a new business. Both affect a business' chances of succeeding to a larger degree than almost any other factors.With that...


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