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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Marking a Milestone

Marking a Milestone

PlanetLaundry Celebrates 30 Years of Industry Service The inaugural issue of the Coin Laundry Association’s official publication hit laundry owners’ mailboxes for the very first time in October 1990. That’s right – exactly 30 years ago. Back then, the magazine was...

For Sale by Owner

For Sale by Owner

A Step-by-Step Primer for Selling Your Laundromat – On Your Own After years of steady growth and with still ample time remaining on your lease, you’ve decided the time is right to sell your vended laundry business. Although it’s tempting to simply hire a business...

Trends Shaping the ‘New Normal’

Trends Shaping the ‘New Normal’

A Look at Tomorrow’s Laundromat Industry Veteran store owner John Henderson is not normally at a loss for words, especially when it comes to talking about the laundromat industry – one in which his family-operated chain has thrived for many years. But, then again,...

Headlines

Speed Queen Expands Hermes’ Sales Territory

Speed Queen has expanded the sales territory of Hermes Commercial Laundry Equipment for the brand’s vended laundry products to include the western portion of Indiana. Hermes, headquartered in Bloomington, Ill., now sells Speed Queen laundromat equipment in the...

Let’s Go! Let’s Grow!

As PlanetLaundry Editor Bob Nieman asked (and answered) in this column last month, “Has 2020 sucked? Yes, without a doubt.” I think we can all echo that sentiment. However, the stage is set to put 2020 behind us! As your CLA Chairman for 2020, I stated last March that...

Avoid Shortcuts

All Garment-Care Solutions Are Not Created Equal I often read the posts and subsequent comments on the various Facebook feeds targeting the laundry business. I love the idea of people interacting with each other and sharing ideas and best practices – especially with...

Clean Show Announces Rate-Lock Deadline of January 15

Companies that have previously exhibited at the Clean Show have until Friday, January 15, 2021, to save money by locking in current booth rates for the next edition of the show. The next Clean Show will take place July 30-August 2, 2022 in Atlanta. “We understand that...

Clean Laundry Brand Announces Upcoming Store Openings

Clean Laundry – a licensed laundromat brand and concept – recently announced the addition of new locations in Texas, Arizona and Wisconsin. The brand, which is a business unit of Clickstop Inc., has reported two stores opening soon in Austin, Texas. In addition, the...

HappyNest Appoints Customer Experience Director

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest – headquartered in East Greenwich, R.I. – has named Kyle Ricci its new director of customer experience. Most recently, Ricci served as manager of customer success at Upserve, a restaurant customer management platform based...

SLE Announces ‘Spring Blitz’ Events

Statewide Laundry Equipment has announced the dates for its Spring Blitz 2021, which will feature events in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The in-person events, which will adhere to all CDC guidelines, will take place in February and...

PayRange Among Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500

PayRange – a provider of mobile payment options for the laundromat business, as well as for vending, amusement and other small-ticket merchants – recently was ranked 83rd on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media,...

Coming Clean

Laundromat Owners Are in the ‘Business of Clean’ – Now More Than Ever, Your Facilities Must Truly Reflect This Mindset A recent survey conducted on behalf of the American Cleaning Institute showed a 14 percent decline in handwashing practices for the first time since...

COVID Relief: What It Means for You and Your Business

President Trump has signed the $900 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act – or COVID-19 relief bill – which provides stimulus payments to eligible individuals, extended weekly unemployment benefits and more than $300 billion in aid for small business. This...

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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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Industry News

Speed Queen Laundromat Franchise to Open Flagship Location

Speed Queen has announced the construction of its flagship laundromat in support of the brand’s franchise model. The 12,250-square-foot store, located in Chicago, is scheduled to open this spring and will feature an array of equipment, with washer capacities ranging...

Venturing into the Future

An Interview with Clean Ventures Managing Director Peter Stern Peter Stern is the managing director of Clean Ventures, a newly formed venture capital fund created to attract and invest in growth-stage laundry companies. Stern also serves as senior vice president of...

Eastern Funding Appoints Chief Operating Officer

Eastern Funding LLC recently named Nancy Robles its chief operating officer. Robles previously served as the company’s executive vice president of operations and compliance officer. In her new role, she will be responsible for all of the company’s day-to-day...

Speed Queen Expands Hermes’ Sales Territory

Speed Queen has expanded the sales territory of Hermes Commercial Laundry Equipment for the brand’s vended laundry products to include the western portion of Indiana. Hermes, headquartered in Bloomington, Ill., now sells Speed Queen laundromat equipment in the...

Clean Show Announces Rate-Lock Deadline of January 15

Companies that have previously exhibited at the Clean Show have until Friday, January 15, 2021, to save money by locking in current booth rates for the next edition of the show. The next Clean Show will take place July 30-August 2, 2022 in Atlanta. “We understand that...

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The Laundry Doctor

Who’s Servicing Your Wash-Dry-Fold Customers?

Who’s Servicing Your Wash-Dry-Fold Customers?

A Look at the Pros and Cons of Utilizing Independent Contractors vs. Laundromat Employees With the outbreak of COVID-19, I’ve recently received quite a few questions from laundry owners about wash-dry-fold services. The wash-dry-fold business has not fallen off during...

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The Business Mind

Stay on Target

Stay on Target

Knowing Your Audience is the Key to a Strong Advertising Message It’s a fact that many laundromat owners love to advertise. And it’s equally true that several of these operators, unfortunately, do so incorrectly – thus, spending large sums of money for very little...

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Wash With Wally

Wash with Wally: Preventing Dryer Fires

Wash with Wally: Preventing Dryer Fires

I own three self-service laundries, and I’ve been plagued with dryer fires. I have the ductwork cleaned every three years. What can I do to prevent these fires? What am I missing? One of the problems I notice in a lot of laundries is that the ductwork has been...

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Viewpoint

Tempus Fugit!

Tempus Fugit!

Time certainly does fly. It’s hard to believe that the Coin Laundry Association first launched its monthly magazine 30 years ago! At the time, I had the privilege of being the CLA’s Chairman of the Board. And, as I recall, it was a much different environment in those...

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Digital Marketing

Marketing During Times of Crisis

Marketing During Times of Crisis

Some Promotional Do’s, Don’ts and Considerations as We All Try to Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis It’s easy to get downhearted about the state of the world in the middle of COVID-19’s madness. With social distancing measures, self-quarantines in place and a heightened...

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