Owning a Laundromat
Small business entrepreneurs have long been attracted to the coin laundry business for good reason. It is estimated there are 35,000 coin laundromats in the U.S., generating approximately $5 billion dollars in gross revenue each year. A common industry refrain is that the coin laundry business is ‘recession-resistant’ since there will always be a need for clean laundry.
The key to successfully owning a vended laundry is choosing the right location, negotiating a manageable long-term lease, upgrading the space to attractive, safe, modern standards, installing efficient, state-of-the art card and/or coin operated washers and dryers, and marketing it effectively using social media. But that’s not all. You also have to offer the right mix of amenities and value-added services in order to compete in a crowded marketplace. Our Laundry Specialists can help you get a headstart, avoiding common industry pitfalls. Following are some profiles of successful coin laundry customers with whom we have worked.
by Western State Design | Feb 28, 2023This article is the latest in a series of profiles of successful Dexter laundromats and their owners. Like other small retail businesses, the laundromat industry has always attracted interesting and diverse owner-operators—each with a different backstory and reason... Read more
by Western State Design | Apr 22, 2022Here’s another interesting Dexter laundromat success story—one of the quickest we’ve seen— that illustrates both the value of a strategic location and a partnership with the right distributor. Sal Elqura has worked with his father for many years at a liquor store he... Read more
by Western State Design | Oct 8, 2021With ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19 and other viruses, more and more people are looking to sanitize their clothing and linens. Laundromat owners are responding with fresh new cleaning equipment, such as the ArtiClean Ozone Laundry System. Western State Design... Read more
by Western State Design | Aug 22, 2021Periodically, we revisit laundromat success stories we’ve published in the past to share compelling new details. Here’s an interesting follow-up story about Neighborhood Laundry in Santa Maria, CA. which made a splash when it opened in 2018. This is the second... Read more
by Western State Design | Jul 16, 2021We’ve been working with this client on a brand new laundromat in Thousand Palms, CA. It’s the first new laundromat to be built in this desert area for some time. Working with WSD Laundry Specialist Steve Erlinger, the owner, Juan Orozco, chose to equip it with Dexter... Read more
by Western State Design | Apr 2, 2021The Laundry Room’s website proclaims that it’s ‘the prettiest and cleanest little laundromat in Santa Cruz.’ Judging from its online reviews, many seem to agree. It is a newly remodeled and retooled, airy and bright laundromat in the heart of bustling Seabright. And,... Read more