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Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 17, 2019 5:29 PM
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Larry L, Let me give an example of what I was referring to. The City of Muskegon does not allow the use of flags (except the US, state and city flags) by businesses.  No feather flags, pennants, etc.  So I inquired why a large pennant flag was flying from the peak of each of the large permanent tents ...
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Guys, Did you know that a government entity such as a city can regulate our signs and banners but they can't regulate another government entity's signs that may be located with the boundaries of the first entity? ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan --- ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 17, 2019 8:54 AM
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Guys, I am currently looking at the possibility of offering my employees sick pay or personal time pay.  My current thinking is that this benefit would begin accruing after the employee has worked for the Muskegon Laundromat for 1 year and achieved the position of Shift Manager (or higher).  Unused benefit ...
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Curt, I have 2 sets of Stanley automatic bi-parting doors.  Maintenance is easy after you learn a few things.  Very reliable.  Electric consumption seems to be minimal too.  The big bite is the initial cost. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan -------- ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 16, 2019 3:51 PM
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Neal, I think you brought up an interesting idea but how are you measuring a pound of laundry?  I'm pretty sure you're not using true weight (TW). ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------ ------------------------------------------- ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 16, 2019 1:34 PM
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Steve, I have a competitor who added a new laundromat to his CC store.  He's satisfied with $20,000 per year.  Uh, that's gross not net.  Go figure. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 15, 2019 6:24 PM
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Michael, It's fairly common for cities to have sign control ordinances on their books.  For example, the City of Muskegon limits the size of permanent business signs as well as the lighting and placement of temporary signs.  So I  wouldn't come down as totally against your community's new ordinance.  ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 15, 2019 9:32 AM
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Larry L, With regard to the issue of 14 to 18 TPDs that I spoke of - First, I assumed a 5,000 sf laundromat with 68 washers since I have very limited information about 10,000 sf laundromats.  (I simply doubled the number of washers in each of my own washer groups to come up with 68 washers in 4 sizes.)  ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 15, 2019 6:57 AM
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Guys, A local man … let's call him Mr. Developer #1… made a big mistake.  What was it?  Well, Mr. Developer #1 partnered with another developer … let's call him Mr. Developer #2.  Together they began to build 2 new hotels (side by side) just southeast of Muskegon.  See pictures.  Mr. Developer #1 was ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 14, 2019 12:37 PM
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Michael, I highly recommend that you buy just 1 new 40 lb. washer and install it near your best washers.  Price it a little bit more than your older 40 - 50 lb. washers.  Make it DCO.  Then see what happens. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan -------- ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 14, 2019 9:56 AM
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Guys, There has been some talk recently about laundromats, specifically some that are for sale, that merely provide enough revenue to pay the owner for his time with nothing left over for return on investment.  Here are my thoughts on this issue. Many, many laundromats have failed to maintain pricing ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 14, 2019 9:11 AM
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Michael, New washer models appear to be quite robust.  I'm referring to all the major brands.  There is very little chatter about technical issues on recent models of any brand.  To answer your question, my Huebsch washers will "remember" all credited coin insertions even if the circuit breaker is shut ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 13, 2019 9:56 AM
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Guys, Laundromats (and most businesses) are valued at a multiple of Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA).  Another way of saying this is that a laundromat is valued at a multiple of Owner Benefit.  This valuing system allows a prospective buyer to compare a laundromat ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 8, 2019 4:06 PM
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Michael, Exactly how does Insghts being down directly affect your customers? ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 8, 2019 10:48 AM
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Richard, I spend literally hours trying to calculate a fair price for my own laundromat.  There are dozens of variables that must be considered.  It is unreasonable to throw out just 2 lines of facts and then expect someone who has never seen your laundromat put a value on it. ------------------------------ ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 8, 2019 7:34 AM
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Guys, When I am doing a collection and a customer has a surprised look on his face as he asks "How much money is that?" I usually respond, "It's time to pay the bills."  This diversionary response usually satisfies inquiring minds. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 7, 2019 6:36 PM
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Guys, Note:  Free dry laundromat operators can ignore the following.  Pay dry operators have the power to set dryer pricing.  If most of our washers extract at 140+ g; customer required dry time is markedly reduced.   This does not mean we need to accept a reduction in dryer sales though.  Raise your ...
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Peter, I haven't worked with cast iron since my dad installed his laundromat in 1967. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
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Peter, Have you checked to see if the Omaha plumbing commission is involved in the supply or distribution of pipe?  I have never seen such large pipe required for a normal laundromat. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 6, 2019 6:19 PM
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Laurent, Pick up a couple pounds of Oxalic Acid at your local pharmacy.  It looks like sugar.  Just wash the item using a half cup per washer to  remove rust stains in most items. Don't add detergent or softener to the load. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 6, 2019 7:35 AM
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Larry L, I agree.  The biggest lie in the industry is rated washer capacity in pounds.  For example, I once stuffed as many dry towels and wash cloths into an 18 lb. Dexter washer as i could possibly get into it.  I could not get 1 more towel in.  Next, I pulled everything out and weighted that load.  ...
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Michael, Me thinks you micro-analyze too much. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
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Jared, The facts that I share with reference to any payment system (coin, laundry card, credit card, etc.) are well established and not subject to much interpretation.  Whether I say it or someone else says it, the facts don't change.  For example:  If I post that accepting credit card payment incurs ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 3, 2019 9:05 AM
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Larry L, That limited partnership situation sounds interesting with Mr. Wealthy Partner getting $1,000,000 of depreciation (representing a $500,000 tax saving over 5 years) but what happens after that?  With no more depreciation to be had, I assume Mr. Wealthy Partner will be in a mood to do it all over ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 3, 2019 6:48 AM
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Curt, I have 20, 30, 40 and 80 lb. washers.  All get used.  However, I am considering eventually replacing the 30 lb. with 60 lb. washers.  This would give me a 20, 40, 60, 80 lb. mix of washers which may increase total sales.  This is just something I've been considering over the past 2 years or so.  ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 2, 2019 3:21 PM
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Jared, I can read.  I have been reading about the pros and cons of card systems for over a decade.  My information comes DIRECTLY FROM CARD SYSTEM OWNERS.  I have been interested in ALL payment systems ever since I decided that my QO system was quickly becomming impractical way, way back in 2003.   My ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Sep 2, 2019 7:22 AM
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Guys, With all the pros being pointed out about today's card systems, maybe it's time to tell the newbies some of the cons. Credit card systems (including phone pay systems) cons: 1.  Installation of a system that can easily cost $50,000 or more. 2.  Monthly transaction fees, reporting fees (to report ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 30, 2019 7:03 AM
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Brad, There are 2,000 sf, 3,000 sf and 5,000 sf charity QO laundromats in my market.  All have had stagnant pricing for a decade - not raising prices at all or raising some stuff just a quarter.  I operated DCO during that entire decade and raised prices by a dollar over a dozen times.  Heck, I even ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 29, 2019 1:08 PM
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Michael, Huebsch came out with A model computers around 2007.  These computers allowed an upcharge for an optional extra wash or extra rinse bath. I bought 13 of these washers in 2008.  I used those 13 new washers with the Ecycles that I developed to put a new Dexter Express laundromat out of business ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 29, 2019 9:05 AM
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John, You correctly pointed out some things that I've been saying about laundry card systems for the last 10+ years.  These systems become obsolete and need to be replaced.  These systems require plenty of customer orientation.  These systems do provide owner reports that may be useful at times.  This ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 29, 2019 8:53 AM
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David, I can offer some general guidance given the limited information about your market conditions. Population - 2,000 people.  Assume an average family size of 3.5 people.  That's about 570 families.  Assume 8% of those families will use a laundromat.  That's 45 families.  Average 45 families washing ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 24, 2019 7:47 PM
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Guys, In the 1970s, a variety of gizmos and do-dads were being sold that claimed to improve energy efficiency on everything from appliances to zone controls (A to Z).  Most failed to live up to claimed savings, required a lot of maintenance and were a waste of money.  The systems that survive today are ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 24, 2019 11:20 AM
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Nick, Just install a wall receptacle/USB device for your customers to charge their stuff.  $20 to buy one.  Done. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 24, 2019 11:05 AM
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Wes, Recycling that way may be a win if you're only paying yourself near minimum wage.  I earn about $600.00/hour that I work in my laundromat so that will never make sense for me.  By the way, did you know that separating recyclables into several containers is a waste of effort when your collector's ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 22, 2019 7:59 PM
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Rick, Let's be clear.  Best Buy, Sears, McDonald's, Dominos, newspapers and flowers are not service sector businesses.  These are retailers. Non of these retailers do pick up and delivery, they just do delivery.  Residential laundry pick up and delivery has a relatively short track record with few similarities ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 22, 2019 4:21 PM
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Rick, While I certainly can appreciate your enthusiasm for your business plan; I would merely point out that pick up and delivery has yet to be put to the test of a deep recession whereas self serve has shown that it can survive successive recessions.  A few years of growth during the best economic conditions ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 20, 2019 5:43 PM
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David, This is not what you want to hear but I will say it anyway.  A straight, self serve only laundromat is a simple, low stress, easy to operate, profitable business.  Any "added profit center" will complicate a laundromat's operations, add operator stress and usually competes with self serve customers ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 19, 2019 6:50 AM
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Michael, Are you sure you're posting to the correct forum? ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 18, 2019 11:31 AM
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Brian, It would be helpful to say the model number. Later models have a safety relay in the electrical tray.  This controls the door lock assembly.  Also, the  door switches don't cost much so just replace them.  If your washer's switches work with just 5 volts; they may test fine but fail to work with ...
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Michael, Two of my Rowe bill changers are now 34 years old and still going strong. I wonder how many bills these changers have cashed over all those years. ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
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Allen, Consider teaching an employee to do preventive maintenance such as inspecting washer drain valves, air pressure hoses, door locks and dryer rollers, belts, etc.  Assign someone to deep clean washer loading door assemblies.  Have someone wash the tops and backs of all dryers.  Assign someone to ...
Posted By LARRY ADAMSKI Aug 14, 2019 5:59 PM
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Olu, Exactly what is your concern?  Not enough water?  Too much water?  Cycle runs too long? Fill times will vary depending on the programmed water level, local water pressure, size of the water lines, etc.  Thus, there is no "right" fill time for any specific washer. Generally, it's more productive ...
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Mary Ann, One final thought.  Develop a claim form to be completely filled out for every claim.  It should include:   customer name, address, phone number, date and time damage occurred, machine number, cycle used, description of damage, etc.  This will nail down the issue and make it difficult for the ...
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Jim, Every laundromat has a competitive advantage - its location.  Consider the following.  Two laundromats are located across the street from each other.  One laundromat is more convenient for potential customers traveling in one direction and the other one is more convenient for those traveling in ...
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Tim, You were in the dry cleaning business too?  I  feel the same way about the shoddy foreign made garments sold by many of the big box department stores.   Things like brightly colored dresses manufactured in Bangladesh.  I am so glad to be out of that industry. ------------------------------ Larry ...
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Mary Ann, I have a couple of hard rules about laundry damage claims. 1. I  must be able to personally examine the damaged item. 2.  If I pay the claim, I keep the item. Most claims are due to a failure to follow care tag instructions.  In the case of a self serve laundry, such a claim would be denied.  ...
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Rudolph, How much is being spent annually on labor plus payroll taxes now?  How many square feet is the laundromat? ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------------
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KJ, "smart suds technology which collapses suds" … now I've heard everything.  What does it have - a tiny computer chip is each bubble that pokes the bubble after a certain number of seconds? ------------------------------ Larry Adamski Muskegon Laundromat Muskegon, Michigan ------------------------ ...