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HR in the Age of COVID-19

An Interview with Human Resources Expert Claudia St. John Claudia St. John is the founder and president of Affinity HR Group Inc., a national human resources and management consulting firm specializing in hiring, recruiting, HR compliance and employee engagement....

Laundromats Are Essential

CLA Releases New Video Highlighting Industry’s Response to the Challenge of COVID-19 The laundromat industry, led by owners and their employees, has stepped up to the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis by increasing disinfecting procedures and applying new approaches...

Opening New Doors of Opportunity

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Adding Automatic Doors to Your Laundromat In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many laundromat owners are currently reevaluating every aspect of their stores’ operations. For many operators, this includes the potential addition of...

Are You Covered?

What Laundry Owners Need to Know About Their Business Insurance During These Difficult Times According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses in the U.S. “are facing an unprecedented economic disruption due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.”...

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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.

When the Dry Goes Well…

When the Dry Goes Well…

From Equipment Mix to Payment Structure, Here’s How Laundry Owners are Fitting Dryers into The Overall Business Equation Despite major advances in high-speed washer extraction technology, a laundromat completely free of dryers is still nowhere on the horizon. At the...

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...

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For Rent

A Linen Rental Service May be the Perfect Way to Keep Your Washers Turning – And Your Business Growing Traditionally, when we speak of doing commercial accounts work in a laundromat setting, we’re most often talking about customer-owned goods. This is where the...

HappyNest Expands into Nashville Market

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has launched a new location in Nashville. “Nashville has quickly become one of the hottest spots in the country, and we wanted to be a part of the action,” said HappyNest founder John MacKrell. “The Wash House has quickly...

LaundryCares, Dexter Laundry Exchange Awards

LaundryCares Foundation Executive Vice President Dan Naumann recently visited Dexter Laundry’s headquarters in Fairfield, Iowa, to present the manufacturer with an award recognizing the company as a signature sponsor of the charitable foundation and its mission....

Wash with Wally: ‘What Should I Name My Store?’

I’m building a brand new modern laundromat in my town. It’s almost completed, but I’m still at a loss as to what I should name my new business. We’re nearly ready to install the store’s signage, yet I’m still really stuck on a name. Can you give me any ideas? I would...

Master Your Message

Proven Principles to Help You Craft More Impactful Advertising Advertising has one purpose and one purpose only – to affect someone’s behavior. You want consumers to try something different. More specifically, you want them to switch from their current laundromat to...

HappyNest Launches Detroit Location

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest recently expanded into the Detroit market. “We are starting to build our brand in middle America, and Detroit is at the heart of it all,” said HappyNest founder John MacKrell. “Aaron McLean is a great business owner, very...

Traditional vs. Digital

What Marketing Methods are Right for Your Laundromat in 2020 and Beyond? Digital marketing is the future, right? As someone on the frontlines of digital marketing for the laundry industry, I certainly believe that to be true – but that doesn’t mean you should change...

Aaxon Celebrates Five Years with Toys for Tots Program

Aaxon Laundry Systems recently wrapped up its fifth year of participating in the Toys for Tots program in Florida’s Miami-Dade region. In true holiday spirit, the Aaxon staff selflessly collected toys, which were then distributed on December 17 to children in need...

Industry Veteran Jim Rogers Retires

Long-time industry veteran Jim Rogers has announced his retirement. Rogers retires after 20 years as vice president of sales for Statewide Laundry Equipment – with locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Georgia – and after helping the company build up...

Is 2020 Finally the Year?

If Starting a Laundromat Business is on Your To-Do List for the New Year, Here’s Your Game Plan 2020 has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? It’s very symmetrical and pleasing to look at – and kinda fun to say, too. And, for some of you reading this, it may be a lucky...

Speed Queen

Untouchable ROI from Speed Queen®

Not all equipment upgrades are created equal. See what’s possible with technology specifically made to elevate your store experience and move the needle in revenue.

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Webinar: Why Choose the Laundry Business

Are you an entrepreneur looking for a new business venture? Join CLA for this panel discussion with expert laundry owners if you are considering opening a laundromat.

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This Month's Issue

  • Let the Buyer Beware: What You Should Never Do When Looking to Purchase an Existing Laundromat
  • Guest Feature: Looking Ahead to the Future of Laundromats
  • Up Close: HR in the Age of COVID-19
  • Insurance: What Owners Need to Know About Their Business Coverage
  • The Laundry Doctor: Planning for the New Normal
  • And more…

THE LATEST ON LAUNDROMATS

Industry News

HappyNest Launches New Location in Florida’s Broward County

Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest recently expanded into Florida’s Broward County market. “We have been very successful at finding the best partners in the Florida market, and Lon Gopie is no different,” said HappyNest founder John MacKrell. “He has built...

CLA Releases ‘The Best of Wash with Wally’

The Coin Laundry Association has released “The Best of Wash with Wally,” a printed collection of many of the highlights of PlanetLaundry magazine’s popular and long-running garment care column, “Wash with Wally. The monthly Q&A column is written by laundromat...

You’re Invited: 2020 Excellence in Laundry Conference

A Video Invitation CLA President and CEO Brian Wallace gives a brief overview of what you can expect at the 2020 Excellence in Laundry Conference.   Best of the Best  The 2020 Excellence in Laundry Conference will bring together top laundry professionals,...

EVI to Acquire Commercial Laundry Equipment Company

EVI Industries Inc., headquartered in Miami, has executed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of Commercial Laundry Equipment Company Inc., a distributor of vended and on-premises laundry products based in...

Girbau Group Names Joris as President

Commercial and industrial laundry equipment manufacturer Girbau has appointed Serge Joris as the company’s new president. Joris’ professional career spans more than 25 years of working internationally in key roles at companies in the technology and industry sectors....

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The Laundry Doctor

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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The Business Mind

Going Beyond ‘Average’

Going Beyond ‘Average’

Here’s How to Separate Your Laundry Business from the Other Stores in Your Marketplace Of all the endeavors that people participate in, very few of their performances can realistically be described as “iconic.” That’s true in sports, business, professions, and tens of...

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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...

Define Your Business

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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