Store Profiles

Case studies of what has worked, what has not.

First-Time Laundromat Owner Turns Venture into Family Affair

TACOMA, Wash. — Every year, across many neighborhoods in the country, a new Laundromat opens its doors, ready to answer the laundry needs of those in the community.

But before the first washer is loaded, much work, preparation and planning has to be taken care of to ensure the success of the coin laundry.

Some will spend a month or two applying a fresh coat of paint and investing in a few equipment upgrades before they open their doors, while others will spend months upon months gutting and completely rehabbing a space to make it their own.

Texas Couple’s Entrepreneurial Streak Goes for ‘Quick Spin’

MCALLEN, Texas — Every year, across many neighborhoods in the country, a new Laundromat opens its doors, ready to answer the laundry needs of those in the community.

But before the first washer is loaded, much work, preparation and planning has to be taken care of to ensure the success of the coin laundry.

Some will spend a month or two applying a fresh coat of paint and investing in a few equipment upgrades before they open their doors, while others will spend months upon months gutting and completely rehabbing a space to make it their own.

Grande Laundry Place Opens San Marcos, Calif., Location

SAN MARCOS, Calif. — Ross G. Rose recently opened the doors to his sixth Grande Place Laundry location in the area, reports coin laundry equipment distributor Western State Design (WSD).

Rose, who has 26 years of industry experience, reached out to Steve Erlinger of WSD in equipping the 4,000-square-foot facility with Dexter laundry equipment.

“Sixteen years ago, I bought an existing store and installed new Dexter equipment. I am amazed at how well the Dexters still look and perform,” says Rose.

He had equipped four other stores with other equipment brands, WSD says.

W.Va.-Based Laundromat Achieves ADA Compliance

ELKINS, W. Va. — Every year, across many neighborhoods in the country, a new Laundromat opens its doors, ready to answer the laundry needs of those in the community.

But before the first washer is loaded, much work, preparation and planning has to be taken care of to ensure the success of the coin laundry.

Some will spend a month or two applying a fresh coat of paint and investing in a few equipment upgrades before they open their doors, while others will spend months upon months gutting and completely rehabbing a space to make it their own.

Couture’s Fabric Care Leaves Behind Legacy of Quality (Conclusion)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After three generations under the family’s ownership, Keith Peterson and his father, Carl Peterson Jr., have closed their family’s drycleaning and Laundromat business, Couture’s Fabric Care—an establishment that became a mainstay for many locals here since opening 110 years ago.

“It’s very, very sad for everybody. It’s sad for my coin laundry customers, the drycleaning customers and my employees,” says Keith, who took ownership of the business from his father in 2001.

Couture’s Fabric Care Leaves Behind Legacy of Quality (Part 1)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After three generations under the family’s ownership, Keith Peterson and his father, Carl Peterson Jr., have closed their family’s drycleaning and Laundromat business, Couture’s Fabric Care—an establishment that became a mainstay for many locals here since opening 110 years ago.

“It’s very, very sad for everybody. It’s sad for my coin laundry customers, the drycleaning customers and my employees,” says Keith, who took ownership of the business from his father in 2001.

Past to Present (Conclusion)

CHICAGO — We’ve written about them before, but where are they now? American Coin-Op followed up this month with three previously featured Laundromats to see how their business is doing.

Loudon Speedwash, Mattapoisett Laundromat (both featured in Part 1 of this story) and Value Clean Laundromat are still doing well, thanks to the modifications and service that owners and attendants supply. Not only that, these small-business owners see more growth in their future.

Past to Present (Part 1)

CHICAGO — We’ve written about them before, but where are they now? American Coin-Op followed up with three previously featured Laundromats to see how their business is doing.

Loudon Speedwash, Mattapoisett and Value Clean Laundromats are still doing well, thanks to the modifications and service that owners and attendants supply. Not only that, these small-business owners see more growth in their future.

Music to Your Ears (Part 2)

LOS ANGELES — Enrique Del Rivero’s greatest challenge as a small-business owner is promoting his coin laundry. “I think I’m terrible at it,” he admits.

So when laundry detergent maker Gain approached him about a promotional remodel, he accepted. “I wanted to do something different than what everybody else has done in the past.”

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