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Does Your Laundromat Need an Upgrade?

You are looking around your laundromat and you notice the place has lost its luster. Your laundry machines are outdated and you are constantly fixing them, and now you’ve noticed your store isn’t attracting the business it once did. You start thinking about how to recoup your lost business? Does your laundromat need an upgrade? Can you rehab your business and space successfully? How can you get customers excited again about doing laundry in your store? What if we told you that by replacing your old laundry equipment and creating a fresh new look, you could get your customers back in to do their laundry? So, are you ready to start the conversation about modernizing your laundromat?

What does it mean to rehab your laundromat? It means replacing old, worn-out laundry equipment with the latest energy-efficient, technologically advanced machines. Upgrading your laundromat could also include changing your coin-operated machines to a laundry card payment system. Retooling also allows you an opportunity to reinvent your laundromat business. Maybe you start offering laundry specials, establish a laundry club, pick up and drop off service. Let the experts at Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. show you multiple, creative ways you can upgrade your laundromat and re-attract customers to your store.

You’ve decided to rehab your store. Now what? As one of the largest and most respected distributors of commercial laundry equipment in the Northeast, we are here to help guide you through the complete process of upgrading your laundromat and providing you with laundry equipment that will reignite that feeling of excitement when it comes to your laundromat business.

4 Steps to a Better Laundromat

First, we recommend you create a Laundromat Upgrades checklist and timeline. Decide exactly what it is you want to rehab in your store. Would it be just laundry equipment replacement? Do you need to update your electric/utilities? Do you want to paint your store? Replace light fixtures? Add better signage? Whatever it is, all these ideas need to be well thought out and organized on your checklist.

Next, one of our Account Executives will meet with you to discuss the state of your laundromat business. Reviewing the configuration of your space and laundry equipment will be our top priority. We’ll be your guide to creating a more functional, profitable space.  As proud distributors of Huebsch & Speed Queen Commercial Laundry Equipment, we are confident we will find the best laundry equipment solution for you. We enjoy helping our customers select equipment that will be technologically and economically friendly, modern in style, and most importantly will pay it forward over time. Our products feature the latest improved extract speed technology, technologically advanced touch screen programming, & unparalleled efficiency. Now, to help you see the savings over time by replacing your existing laundry equipment, we feel it is important to provide you with a Free Replacement Equipment Analysis.  This tool helps you understand the economic downside to using old, worn out equipment. Once we have decided the direction of your upgrade, we will then discuss your laundry equipment needs and help you decide on the right solution for your store. 

Then, you’ll need to check with your local utility companies on any local permits needed to retool your store. That could include updating your utilities and making any cosmetic changes. If so, be sure to build time into your timeline for acquiring those permits as these take time.

Now, let’s talk financing. Our finance team will help you understand what’s involved in securing your new laundry equipment. We will advise you of any available equipment promotions as well as your financing options.

How Big Should My Laundromat Upgrade Be?

Another important component to think about when modernizing your laundromat is how this will affect your current state of business. The laundry equipment professionals at Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. will work with you to decide if you should complete a partial retool section by section or a complete rehab all at once. A partial retool allows you to run parts of your laundromat while you work on the others. Customers will see you are improving your laundromat to better serve them. They will be patient and understanding. Besides, in the end, they benefit from the use of your brand new laundromat equipment and the bright, clean facilities!

If you’ve been looking for the right time to raise your vend prices, your brand new laundry equipment justifies the timing.  Now would also be a good time to offer laundry specials to help ease the minds of your customers as they will be paying more to use your new equipment. Thanks to the latest technology loaded into our commercial laundry equipment, you will always be connected to your machines and customers. You’ll learn when your machines are being used, how often, and by who. This information is helpful when trying to learn more about the variations of customers’ visits.  This is an opportunity for you to understand which times are more or less popular, and therefore you can set your prices accordingly.  In the long run, newer technology allows a store owner the ability to be creative with what they charge. It has also been our experience that customers will travel an extra block or two or even a few miles to use brand new laundry equipment. Even if they have to pay a little more.

Finding the Right Partner

Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. has retooled hundreds and hundreds of laundromats throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. From small declining stores to large mega stores that have been neglected, we’ve done it all.

If you want to enjoy your store more and make more money, consider a laundromat upgrade. Our VP of Sales, Cliff Ross, also notes, “Another benefit of a “newly rehabbed” store is that it makes it less attractive for other investors to build new laundromats in the area!”. They would much rather compete against stores with old equipment. When you’re ready to upgrade your laundromat and want expert advice and guidance, call Metropolitan Laundry Machinery Sales Inc. One of our Account Executives will be happy to sit and discuss what a retool could mean for you and your business.

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