Laundry Literacy Coalition Unveils Read, Play & Learn Kits

The Laundry Literacy Coalition – comprised of the LaundryCares Foundation and Too Small to Fail – has partnered with Lakeshore Learning and Scholastic to offer new Family Read, Play & Learn kits, developed specifically for vended laundries. The kits are uniquely...

Huebsch Honors Gulf States Laundry Machinery with Industry Benchmark Award

For the second consecutive year and fourth time overall, Huebsch has presented Gulf States Laundry Machinery Co., and its Houston and Atlanta branches, with the manufacturer’s highest honor – the 2018 Industry Benchmark Award (formerly known as the Distributor of the...

CLA Connect LIVE Hosts Midwest Events

Current and potential store owners, along with distributors and manufacturers, gathered in Beachwood, Ohio, on July 30 and in Bloomington, Minn., on July 31 to network, enjoy a nice meal and sharpen their business knowledge at two recent CLA Connect LIVE events. The...

Diamonds in the Rough

What Makes a Laundry Ideal for a Successful Turnaround? There’s been a lot of talk about purchasing and retooling older, neglected laundromats. And, in recent years, it has proven to be a great strategy for many savvy laundry operators looking to grow their...
Appeal to Your Laundry’s Diverse Demographic Mix

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...

Money Talks

Money Talks

A Decade Removed from the Credit Crunch of the Great Recession, Here’s What It Takes to Secure Financing in Today’s Economy Growing your laundry business without outside funding can make you feel as though you’re trapped in a perpetual catch-22. You need to hire...

Marketing Your Multi-Store Operation

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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Due Diligence… Done Right

A Step-by-Step Look at Purchasing an Existing Laundromat When you build and open a brand new vended laundry, you take the calculated risk of throwing a party and potentially having nobody show up. However, when you buy an established laundry business and you believe...

Statewide Laundry Equipment Holds Grand Opening at Georgia Facility

Statewide Laundry Equipment – with locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Smyrna, Ga. – recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest office in Smyrna. The open house event gave guests, including current laundry owners and potential investors, a...

Aaxon Announces New VP of Multi-Housing Laundry

Aaxon Laundry Systems has named Mark Freesman its new vice president of multi-housing laundry. The industry veteran previously worked for Aaxon’s partner, Alliance Laundry Systems, and will help direct Aaxon’s investment and growth strategy in multi-housing projects –...

Firestone Financial EVP/COO Assumes Top Leadership Position

Firestone Financial, a subsidiary of Berkshire Bank, recently announced that Michael Smith – the company’s former executive vice president and chief operating officer – has assumed the company’s top leadership position. Long-time CEO David Cohen transitioned out of...

Laundry Owners Warehouse Adds to Services Team

Laundry Owners Warehouse, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has named Robert Gonzalez its new foreman for growth and quality elevation in services. With more than 42 years of experience in delivering laundry equipment and supplies, Gonzalez is a perfect fit to spearhead...

‘It’s a Win-Win’

Texas Laundromat Teams with Local Elementary School on Childhood Literacy Program Wash It Kwik laundromat in Denton, Texas, is just a quarter-mile down the road from the Newton Rayzor Elementary School. Simply due to their close proximity to each other, the two...

Go Beyond Basic Website Maintenance

Three Tips to Help ‘Future-Proof’ Your Business’ Site One of the biggest draws of the vended laundry industry is that it’s “future-proof.” In other words, unless there’s some type of apocalypse that none of us see coming, people are going to need to do their laundry....

LaundryCares Announces Free Laundry Day in New Orleans

On June 19 – the day prior to the start of Clean Show 2019 – the LaundryCares Foundation will hold a free laundry day in the show’s host city of New Orleans. This event, which will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., will take place at two locations simultaneously within...

Clean ’19 Sells Out Exhibit Space

With less than one month until Clean 2019 kicks off at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, exhibit space is officially sold out. The textile care industry’s premier exhibition will be held June 20-23. The 2019 edition of this event follows in the...

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Continental Girbau Changes Name to Girbau North America

Continental Girbau Inc. has changed its name to Girbau North America. Spearheaded by Girbau Global Laundry Solutions – the parent company of the North American subsidiary – the name change to Girbau North America provides a clearer representation of the company and...

Laundrylux Acquires Texas Coin and Commercial Laundry

Laundrylux recently announced its acquisition of Texas Coin and Commercial Laundry, which is based in Dallas and led by Mike and Kellie Blumberg. “Our partnership with Texas Coin and Commercial Laundry solidifies our position in the key Texas market,” said Laundrylux...

CLA Salutes Industry Leaders  

The Coin Laundry Association has announced the recipients of its 2019 Industry Awards. The winners were recognized at Clean 2019, at a special cocktail reception on Saturday, June 22, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. This year’s honorees are: The...

Clean 2019: Wash-Dry-Fold Dominates Day Three

The wash-dry-fold business continues to be one of the largest growing segments of the vended laundry industry — and the future of this full-service offering is on many laundry owners’ minds. This is why the Coin Laundry Association dedicated its first educational...

CLA Hosts First ‘Women in Vended Laundry’ Luncheon

More than 90 laundry professionals took part in the Coin Laundry Association’s first-ever “Women in Vended Laundry” luncheon program on Day Two of Clean 2019 in New Orleans. The program kicked off the association’s Women in Vended Laundry initiative, with a goal of...

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Changing the Game

Changing the Game

Today’s Technology Can Reach Out to Potential Wash-Dry-Fold Customers Even Before They Realize They Have a Need for Your Laundry Services Last month, I used this space to discuss digital marketing and the need to develop an online presence in order to grow a...

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Spread Your Wings – And Don’t Look Back

Spread Your Wings – And Don’t Look Back

It May Be Time to Give Your Vended Laundry Operation a Reboot “There ain’t no future living in the past" – George “Sparky" Anderson, former Major League Baseball manager Human organisms come equipped with memories for a good reason. One is to retain things learned,...

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The Art of Building a Brand

Here Are the Keys to Establishing and Growing Your Laundry Business' Brand IdentityWhat is a brand and why is it critical to the success of a business? What factors must be considered when establishing a brand and brand identity? How is your brand communicated?...

Out of Necessity

"Necessity is the mother of taking chances." – Mark TwainA recent visit to a laundromat in the Lower Price Hill enclave in Cincinnati got me thinking about our business and the nature of necessity. The aforementioned laundry is Washing Well community laundromat, a...

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