Store Profiles

Case studies of what has worked, what has not.

College Professor Renovates A-1 Coin Laundry with Distributor’s Help

CORONA, Calif. — When Hesham Abed decided to purchase A-1 Coin Laundry in an up-and-coming shopping center here in late 2015, he turned once again to Western State Design (WSD) for guidance.

WSD’s Steve Erlinger had assisted the college professor and his wife, Zana, upgrade another store in Moreno Valley, Calif., in 2014. Their original A-1, featuring state-of-the-art Dexter laundry equipment, continues to provide the couple with a solid secondary source of income.

SE Asia’s New Spin on an American Concept (Conclusion)

MANILA, Philippines — When American Coin-Op first crossed the Pacific back in 1995 to profile the Southeast Asian self-service laundry industry, the scene was almost non-existent. Fast forward two decades: The do-it-yourself concept has been embraced by the region’s working-class laborers, heads of households, and domestic helpers — yet another sign of the ever-expanding global community of vended wash-and-dry patrons.

SE Asia’s New Spin on an American Concept (Part 1)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — When American Coin-Op first crossed the Pacific back in 1995 to profile the Southeast Asian self-service laundry industry, the scene was almost non-existent. Fast forward two decades: The do-it-yourself concept has been embraced by the region’s working-class laborers, heads of households, and domestic helpers — yet another sign of the ever-expanding global community of vended wash-and-dry patrons.

Revamping Rubalcaba Bros Coin Laundry

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Laundry equipment distributor Western State Design recently partnered with local businessman and restaurateur Carlos Rubalcaba on a renovation project for his business, Rubalcaba Bros Coin Laundry.

Rubalcaba, who purchased the Laundromat seven years ago from his uncle who owns the Rubalcaba Shopping Center at 524 North East St., completed a facility upgrade and laundry equipment installation with state-of-the-art Dexter C-Series machines.

Moving from Dry Cleaning to Vended: Cares Family Business Evolves (Conclusion)

KENTWOOD, Mich. — “It was something I could do,” says George Cares, of launching Sheldon Cleaners, in 1949. During its 66-year history, the Kentwood, Mich., company has reinvented itself multiple times; embraced and eliminated revenue streams; and overcome economic and industry-specific hurdles.

One HomeTowne Laundry Isn’t Enough in Newport

NEWPORT, Tenn. — After about a year and a half in business, owner Steve Foshee’s HomeTowne Laundry had grown to the point that it was too busy during much of the week. It was a nice problem to have, and Foshee consulted with D. Michael Davis, owner of equipment distributor Star Distributing, and Commercial Sales Manager David Brooks about what he could do about it.

Their solution: Build another laundry.

Relying on the distributor for its demographics analysis, Foshee determined the area would support another Laundromat.

Has Mojave Desert Met Its Match in Lucy’s Laundromat?

Editor's Note: A number of vended laundry projects are completed around the country each year, resulting in brand-new or rejuvenated stores primed and ready to serve customers.

As a way to celebrate the hard work that goes into designing, building and equipping a modern vended laundry, American Coin-Op created this Portraits of Success feature to spotlight memorable projects of recent vintage.

For Pharmacist Owner, Laundromat Business Opportunity was ‘Spot-On’

Editor's Note: A number of vended laundry projects are completed around the country each year, resulting in brand-new or rejuvenated stores primed and ready to serve customers.

As a way to celebrate the hard work that goes into designing, building and equipping a modern vended laundry, American Coin-Op created this Portraits of Success feature to spotlight memorable projects of recent vintage.

Senor Bubbles Laundromat Owner Always on Lookout for Next Store

Editor's Note: A number of vended laundry projects are completed around the country each year, resulting in brand-new or rejuvenated stores primed and ready to serve customers.

As a way to celebrate the hard work that goes into designing, building and equipping a modern vended laundry, American Coin-Op created this Portraits of Success feature to spotlight memorable projects of recent vintage.

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