In today’s fast paced world, people are busier than ever, and with dual-income families the norm, many of us struggle to find the time to do our weekly laundry.
Laundromat owners are responding to this by offering extra services to customers. Many owners are taking “laundry” off their customer’s to-do list by providing a wash & fold delivery service, while others are combining their store with a cafe or bar, making the weekly trip to the local laundromat something to look forward to.
What would work in your area?
Every area is different, so if you want to add extra services or build a hybrid laundromat, you should think about what extra services would benefit the people in your neighborhood.
Do you want to start a laundromat business? Contact our laundry experts today! And for inspiration on designing your store, check out these three different types of customer-centered laundromat businesses.
Great Examples of Unique Laundromat Businesses
The Hybrid Laundry Cafe
While laundromats provide an essential service, waiting for wash cycles to finish can be a pain for customers. But some ingenious laundromat owners have paired their store with a cafe or a bar, making wait times something their customers can look forward to.
Everything you would want to do in your local cafe or bar, you can do in these hybrid businesses — with the added benefit of crossing weekly laundry off your list. Watch the game with a beer, read a book with a coffee, meet friends for drinks, and leave with clean laundry — sound too good to be true? It’s not!
For an example of a business that is having great success with this approach, check out Portland’s Spin Laundry Lounge.
Laundry Pick-Up & Delivery Services
A growing trend in the laundry business are wash and fold services that offer laundry delivery and pick up for busy families and professionals. Baltimore’s Laundry City is a great example of an Electrolux laundromat that takes customer service to the next level offering both a wash & fold delivery service and a complimentary pick-up service for customers who have difficulty getting to the store. The distinctive Laundry City van and great focus on their customer’s unique needs have seen Laundry City flourish and become a vital part of the local community.
The Eco-Friendly Laundromat
Sustainability is a growing concern for many consumers nowadays, and unsurprisingly, millennials are the most eco-conscious generation. Every year, more and more people come into the workforce who were brought up to believe in sustainable practices, and these consumers will often choose products and services that are environmentally responsible. Enter the eco-conscious laundromat — businesses that are proud to advertise the water and energy saving features of their laundry equipment.
For an example of a business that is generating a lot of buzz by taking an eco-conscious approach, check out Brooklyn’s Celsious laundromat. Who said the laundry industry isn’t glamorous?
Ready to open your dream laundromat business? Call Laundrylux at 1-800-645-2205 to make your dream laundromat business a reality. Whatever your store’s concept, Electrolux Professional washers and dryers are always the best choice. Our equipment delivers excellent results while using less water and energy. This means a great service for your customers and lower utility bills for you.