CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. — It’s been more than two years since Heavenly Graham opened Sudz Yur Dudz. Like many Laundromat owners, Graham opened her store while pursuing another career. Owning the store offered her another revenue stream, while not taking too much time away from her janitorial business.
She approached the investment through careful planning and research. She chose a convenient and well-visited area in the Chino Valley shopping center, with favorable foot traffic.
With the location secured, Graham needed to determine which machinery would be best for her customers and her bottom line. She chose Pellerin Milnor and, through the guidance of local dealer Laundry and Cleaners Equipment Co., elected to equip the store with Milnor’s coin-operated washers and high-efficiency dryers.
In order to get financing, Graham submitted a comprehensive business plan to her bank, laying out strategies to create a positive cash flow. “The community rallied in support of a new Laundromat,” she said. “Our employees are professional, helpful and friendly, creating an excellent reputation, which will contribute to long-term returning customers.”
Using Milnor Capital to finance the equipment helped her to reduce her terms and have more funds for operational expenses.
Sudz Yur Dudz is located across Highway 89 from a senior mobile home park; many of the park’s residents rely on her store for their laundry services.
Four different machine capacities offer them and other Sudz Yur Dudz customers, including individuals and families, flexibility in choosing the right machinery based on their needs.
With approximately 1,500 square feet of retail space, there is plenty of room for customers to wash, dry and fold their laundry comfortably.
With only one other coin store in the area, Sudz Yur Dudz has positioned itself for success in this market. A few months ago, the store began offering commercial laundry services during off-hours to local restaurants, a car wash, a mid-size hotel and the local Humane Society. The program fully utilizes its equipment and maximizes the store’s revenue stream.
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