Store Profiles

Case studies of what has worked, what has not.

Store Ownership: Branching Out (Conclusion)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Is your laundry business ready to open its next location? And if you’re already a multi-store owner, would opening another location be a viable business strategy?

Making the decision to invest in and open a vended laundry can be life-changing. But what about doing it again … and again … and again? Adding more stores can mean more revenue but it can also mean that the management issues you’ve been dealing with on a single front will be multiplied.

Store Ownership: Branching Out (Part 3)

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Is your laundry business ready to open its next location? And if you’re already a multi-store owner, would opening another location be a viable business strategy?

Making the decision to invest in and open a vended laundry can be life-changing. But what about doing it again … and again … and again? Adding more stores can mean more revenue but it can also mean that the management issues you’ve been dealing with on a single front will be multiplied.

Store Ownership: Branching Out (Part 2)

CHICAGO — Is your laundry business ready to open its next location? And if you’re already a multi-store owner, would opening another location be a viable business strategy?

Making the decision to invest in and open a vended laundry can be life-changing. But what about doing it again … and again … and again? Adding more stores can mean more revenue but it can also mean that the management issues you’ve been dealing with on a single front will be multiplied.

Store Ownership: Branching Out (Part 1)

CINCINNATI — Is your laundry business ready to open its next location? And if you’re already a multi-store owner, would opening another location be a viable business strategy?

Making the decision to invest in and open a vended laundry can be life-changing. But what about doing it again … and again … and again? Adding more stores can mean more revenue but it can also mean that the management issues you’ve been dealing with on a single front will be multiplied.

A ‘Little House’ of a Laundromat (Conclusion)

MARSHFIELD, Mass. — Sometimes, cute works.

There is a wooden clapboard house on the road heading to the beaches of Marshfield and Duxbury, Mass. If it weren’t for the self-standing sign out front, and the old-fashioned barrel washing machine sitting on the ground, one might think it’s just another summer place by the seashore.

But it’s Jack’s Scrubboard Laundromat, now in its 28th year.

A ‘Little House’ of a Laundromat (Part 1)

MARSHFIELD, Mass. — Sometimes, cute works.

There is a wooden clapboard house on the road heading to the beaches of Marshfield and Duxbury, Mass. If it weren’t for the self-standing sign out front, and the old-fashioned barrel washing machine sitting on the ground, one might think it’s just another summer place by the seashore.

But it’s Jack’s Scrubboard Laundromat, now in its 28th year.

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.

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