Coin-Op 101

Working on the Outside

Howard Scott |

Most people probably like the fact that they leave work at 5 p.m. or so...

New vs. Existing Stores: Starting a Coin Laundry in a Tough Economy

Robert J. Renteria |

The economy has definitely slowed down the progress of new laundries, but...

Recycling in the Coin Laundry Industry

Robert J. Renteria |

The economy is squeezing tight, and people are watching their dollars. In...

Keep Those Carts Rolling

Laundry owners can get caught up in washer and dryer maintenance, but...

Go Back to Basics to Battle Tough Economy

Robert J. Renteria |

Over the past few months, I’ve been away promoting my new book, From the...

Coin-Op Beautiful: Four Stores Win Honorable Mentions

Paul Partyka |

CHICAGO — While the Grand Prize Winner of American Coin-Op’s 2009 Coin-Op...

Coin-Op Beautiful: California Store Takes Top Honors

Paul Partyka |

CHICAGO — The Grand Prize Winner of American Coin-Op’s 2009 Coin-Op...

Impress Your Customers to Boost Drop-Off Revenue

Paul Partyka |

Gene Mueller has been offering drop-off service for about 21 years at his...

Some Simple Ratios Can Help Form a Snapshot of Your Store

Howard Scott |

Simple guidelines can be just the thing to obtain a memorable snapshot of...

Timing Is Everything: Former Salon Owner’s Laundry Is a Cut Above

Paul Partyka |

In 1993, Deborah Miller was a partner in a California hair salon. After...

Reorganizing with a Fresh Perspective

Mark Benson |

When you own or operate a small business, it can become an obsession. The...

Dollar Coins or Quarters? Dual Coin Slots Give Customers a Choice

Hannah Miller |

In the 30 washers and 26 dryers at James “Tony” Oxendine’s new laundry in...

Help Your Customers: A Little Cleaning Knowledge Goes a Long Way

Howard Scott |

Your service helps customers clean their clothes. Why not give them tips...

Laundry Visits Bring Balance to ER Doctor’s Life

Paul Partyka |

PASCAGOULA, Miss. — While Dr. Eric Lucas may not find everything that...

A Business within a Business: Running a Drop-Off Service as a Separate Entity

Paul Partyka |

Like other owners, Stephen Banko Jr., who has spent about five years in...

Economic Woes Signal Time to Go on the Attack

Robert J. Renteria |

When the economy has tightened up, it’s the perfect time to be more...

Running a Coin Laundry in the Big Apple

Howard Scott |

During a recent five-day trip to New York City, I spent part of time...

Celebrating Holidays at the Store Brings Joy, Customer Retention

Mark Benson |

It’s that time again. The holidays are right around the corner. I’m having...

The Coin Laundry Business Is Looking Pretty Good

Robert J. Renteria |

The old days of merely collecting quarters and running a dark and dirty...

When a Competing Store Closes, Be Aggressive

Howard Scott |

A competitor is going out of business next week. Its downfall started six...

Make Sure to Use All of Your Accountant’s Skills

Howard Scott |

Most laundry owners use their accountants as narrowly focused clerks who...

The Economy Affects Your Customers More Than Your Store

Mark Benson |

The nation’s tough financial times are a big topic in my Laundromat....

Finding the Right Distributor

Robert J. Renteria |

I get calls from coin laundry owners from across the United States asking...

Expanding Business Is No Small Potatoes

Paul Partyka |

EMMETT, Idaho — Last December, the husband and wife team of Dave and...

Everyday Heroes: Kasim, Owner of the Wash Zone, New Orleans

Dawn Nagle |

NEW ORLEANS — Casey Kasim, owner of the Wash Zone, New Orleans, remains...

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