RIPON, Wis. — Commercial laundry equipment brand Huebsch recently named Glenn Catlin and Rowena Garcia its Store Owners of the Quarter. The married couple saved thousands of dollars revitalizing a Houston Laundromat with energy-efficient Huebsch washers and dryers, the brand says.
Catlin and Garcia own and operate Las Lavanderia, a 7,000-square-foot Laundromat located on Telephone Road in Houston. Its success has prompted the couple to open a second location later this year.
“I’m beyond excited to be named Store Owner of the Quarter,” Catlin says. “We’re proud to operate a business that also serves the community we’re honored to call home. We love our customers and are looking forward to serving them for many more years to come.”
Las Lavanderia uses sleek, stainless steel machines that are operated through an app, which makes it easy for Catlin’s customers to do their laundry. Customers download the Huebsch app, select the desired machine and pay through the app. Catlin spends less time monitoring the washers and dryers, and more time driving his business forward.
The Laundromat is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and employs seven, including Catlin and Garcia.
Catlin worked with local distributor Gulf States Laundry Machinery to finance and install the brand-new Huebsch machines. In less than one year, the switch to Huebsch machines cut Catlin’s energy and water bills in half due to the machines’ energy-efficient features, Huebsch says.
Las Lavanderia is in a heavily Hispanic community, so the Huebsch app’s ability to display controls in Spanish is a necessity for Catlin’s business.
“Glenn’s story is one we talk about all the time,” says Jeremy Hunt of Gulf States. “Within 12 months of taking over, it’s been extremely successful, and we’re in the final stages of securing a second location for him.”
Other features that keep Las Lavanderia’s customers coming back are free Wi-Fi and coffee, massage chairs, a kid’s room, and regular cash-back incentives.