COVID-19 Leaves Laundry Owners Short on Coins

The coronavirus crisis has sparked a nationwide coin shortage that has left retailers scrambling, including some laundromat owners who have found themselves short of the quarters needed to replenish changers. The Federal Reserve recently revealed that the pandemic had...

On the Money

Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times According to a recent Coin Laundry Association survey, nearly 40 percent of the laundromat owners who responded indicated that they had applied for federal funding assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Store...

Planning for a New Normal

Key Considerations for Laundry Owners in the Post-COVID-19 World These days, I find myself spending a good chunk of my time thinking about my laundry business – not necessarily about what to do with my PPP stimulus money or how to run my operation in the middle of...

Make 2020 Count

“The more people, the more dirty clothes.” – Ancient laundromat wisdom Time flies, as do the decades. Despite the ongoing pandemic and economic concerns, there’s a headcount to be made in 2020. The original constitutional edict from the framers comes to life in the...

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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.

Staffing Up

How Today's Labor Market is Impacting the Laundry BusinessWhen Houston laundry owner Rob Maes looks at his 2017 W-2 forms, one number jumps out at him – 600.As in a 600-percent employee turnover rate." In other words," Maes clarified, "on average, we replaced every...

Your Future is Right Now

The Time Has Come to Start Discovering New Ways to Digitize and Personalize Your Laundry BusinessFor decades, we've been looking internally for our future. We've made enormous improvements to our businesses, equipment, and the way we function day to day. The...

Is It Time to Retool?

Ensuring You Reap the Rewards of Your Laundry's Recent Refresh[This is the third of a three-part series examining the key factors to consider when retooling a self-service laundry.]All of the homework is done. You have selected the best distributor partner and...


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

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...

On Guard

Protect Your Business from Theft, Vandalism and Violent Crime Statistics will tell you that the overall crime rate across most U.S. cities has declined somewhat during the last two years. However, just a cursory Google search of the terms “laundromat" and “crime,"...

Wash With Wally: Vend Pricing, Flooring Options, and More…

I want to increase the vend prices on my washing machines. What is the best method for making these changes? The best way to increase your washer prices is to raise the pricing on one size of washer at a time. For example, increase the cost of your 50-pound machines...

Is 2019 the Year You Finally Become a Laundry Owner?

If Operating Your Own Vended Laundry Business is Your New Year’s Resolution, Read This First On New Year’s Day, I know two things to be true. First, throngs of men and women from coast to coast will become members of their local fitness clubs or big-box gyms, which...

Wash With Wally: Assessing the Value of Your Laundry Business

I have been in the vended laundry business for more than 30 years, and I’m now ready to retire. My question is how to establish a fair selling price. I own the building and the business. How do I value each? The first step is to get a bank appraisal on your property....

Better Living Through Science

Four Research Findings Sure to Benefit You and Your Laundry Business With an advanced degree in clinical psychology and being a member of the American Psychological Association, I am a regular reader of a number of technical journals in the field. Not surprisingly,...

Knowledge Is King

Another year has come and gone faster than I could have imagined. Many times, I think about my mother, who is in her 90s, talking about how “time flies by so fast" that she couldn’t imagine how it could ever get any faster the next year – but that it always does. What...

Up Close: An Interview with the Blue Kangaroo’s Neil Polifka

Business is Hopping: An Exclusive Chat with Neil Polifka, Vice President of Marketing and Store Development for The Blue Kangaroo Chain Whit Hughes established the Hughes Equipment Co. in 1958. He was one of the industry’s earliest coin laundry distributors. And, for...

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Buying and Retooling

Webinar: Pros and Cons of Buying & Retooling a Laundromat

This program will focus on the pros and cons of buying an existing laundry and what every prospective laundromat should know. Join the CLA for this virtual panel discussion.

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PL Magazine July 2020

This Month's Issue

  • On the Money: Securing Economic Relief During These Difficult Times
  • Digital Marketing: Customer Service in Today’s Turbulent, Information Driven World. 
  • The Business Mind: How Your Psychological Makeup Impacts Your Financial Decisions
  • Up Close: An Interview with Multi-Store Owner Daniel Marrazzo
  • And more…


Industry News

Statewide Laundry Equipment Introduces Video Series

Statewide Laundry Equipment recently launched the first video in a series, which has been created to help educate potential laundry investors, along with current store owners. According to SLE, the company’s new “The Investors Talk Series” focuses on investors’...

Local Chamber of Commerce Honors Washin Coin Laundry

Alabama’s Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center recently recognized Washin Coin Laundry/Golden Springs Laundry Company with the organization’s 2019 Sustaining Small Business Award. This award is presented to a business that – through “extraordinary...

Laundry Solutions Named 2018 Speed Queen Distributor of the Year

Speed Queen recently awarded Laundry Solutions Company with the manufacturer’s highest distributor honor – the 2018 Distributor of the Year. This marks the third time in six years Laundry Solutions has won the award. Laundry Solutions Company, headquartered in...

Mulberrys Opens First Dallas Location

Laundry and drycleaning provider Mulberrys Garment Care – with stores in San Francisco’s Bay Area and Minnesota’s Twin Cities – has opened its first retail location in Dallas, in the city’s University Park neighborhood. The company has been providing service in Dallas...

Continental Transitions Novak to Inside Sales

Continental Girbau Inc. has transitioned Eric Novak to the position of inside sales associate. Since May 2016, he has served as a customer care associate. In his new role, Novak interfaces closely with Continental customers, distributors and staff; manages lead...



The Laundry Doctor

Risky Business

Although Biohazard Laundry Poses Some Obvious Challenges, With the Proper Procedures in Place, It Can Become a Profitable Segment of Your Full-Service Laundry Operation One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make with regard to your wash-dry-fold and...

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Help Your Staff Help Your Business

Originally posted - Aug issue/2012 Winning customer service is your self-service laundry's best competitive advantage. It's the lifeblood of any business. In fact, you can offer promotions and slash vend prices to bring in as many new customers as you want, but unless...

Vital Signs

Neglect Your Store's Signage at Your Own Risk Because a laundromat is a self-service business, there is the tendency among some owners to have a "build-it-and-they-will-wash" attitude toward their stores. In other words, the focus is primarily on the equipment offered...



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