Store Profiles

Case studies of what has worked, what has not.

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.

1 Clean Laundry: Finding an Opportunity Close to Home

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.

Bronx Laundry Delivers Perks for Owner, Customers

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.

At Your Command

WALLBURG, N.C. — Self-service laundry operators in search of providing a more accessible laundry experience for their customers will soon have their wishes granted—the vended laundry kiosk, Laundry Jenie, has made its U.S. debut.

“It’s a privilege to make Wallburg [North Carolina] the home of the very first Laundry Jenie in the U.S.,” says Anna Lautzenheiser, president of Cygne Inc., parent company of Laundry Jenie.

The vended laundry kiosk is “ideal” for washing regular loads, as well as for heavier loads, like duvets, curtains and pillows, according to the company.

Retired Cleveland Schoolteacher Banks on Laundry

CLEVELAND — An extensive renovation and the installation of freestanding equipment morphed an old bank building into a high-speed laundry.

Located in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland, the new 3,500-square-foot Express Laundry Center delivers a 60-minute wash-dry-fold, card access and customer care, among other amenities.

Retired schoolteacher Joe Olivo purchased the Federal Bank Building at the end of his teaching career.

“Over the next few months, I did research on laundries,” he says.

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