Welcome to our monthly blog on laundromat operations! On December 15, 2016, we opened a laundromat called SpinCycle Laundry Lounge. This laundromat is 3,400 sq ft and is actually connected to our corporate headquarters in the city of South Gate, CA. PWS is in the business of selling commercial laundry equipment, brokering existing laundromats and developing new laundromats; so we thought it would be a good idea if we operated a laundromat ourselves. This enables us to have a fully functioning showroom, which will allow us to better understand laundromat operations and laundry customers.
We thought creating a blog about our experience running this laundromat would be helpful to laundromat owners. Around the 1st of every month we will post a new entry. This blog may differ from others in that instead of telling anecdotal stories about operations, we will share hard data to highlight the impacts of various marketing or operational changes. Each post will examine a different aspect of laundry operations, and will hopefully be able to give laundromat operators some insight into how to best operate their stores. We welcome your questions, comments and in person visits.
Some Background on SpinCycle Laundry Lounge in South Gate, CA
All equipment is Speed Queen Quantum Gold. These machines allow for price modifiers, which we have enabled:
|Top Load Washers||6||$1.75 light and medium / $2.00 heavy|
|Horizon Washers (22 lb soft mount)||6||$2.00 light / $2.25 medium / $2.50 heavy|
|20 lb Washers||10||$1.75 light / $2.00 medium / $2.25 heavy|
|30 lb Washers||10||$2.75 light / $3.00 medium / $3.25 heavy|
|40 lb Washers||7||$3.75 light / $4.00 medium / $4.25 heavy|
|60 lb Washers||5||$5.75 light / $6.00 medium / $6.25 heavy|
|80 lb Washers||2||$7.75 light / $8.00 medium / $8.25 heavy|
|30 lb Stack Dryers||6||$0.25 / 8 minutes|
|45 lb Stack Dryers||10||$0.25 / 6 minutes|
|75 lb Single Pocket Dryers||6||$2.00 for 35 minutes|
For every modifier used, we give the customer an extra rinse and 4 more minutes of time. So the difference between a light and heavy cycle is 2 rinses and 8 minutes.
- SpyderWash credit card readers on all washers and dryers, including a VTM which distributes loyalty cards
- 2 - Lochinvar water heaters
- 2 - 400RL Rowe changers
- Free wi-fi
- Fully attended
- 1 - 65” TV
- Surround sound music
- 6:00 am – 10:00 pm