Obviously, you get what you pay for. The laundry equipment distributor is in the business of selling machines. It is their livelihood! However, what separates the “Great Laundry Distributors” from the average distributors is how they run and operate their business. You will be investing a tremendous amount of time and money into building your coin-operated Laundromat and you want a “business partner” who will also act as a laundry consultant while looking out for your best interest. This is a brand new venture in which you know very little about. You will be investing hundreds of thousands of dollars (potentially your life savings) and this could be a recipe for disaster. In the laundry industry, it is rare in the current “cut-throat” business climate, but these “Great Distributors” do exist; all you have to do is look for them. They will be more than happy to help you create the business of your dreams.
The success of the Laundromat venture should be the driving motivation for both parties, not just the sale of equipment. The “Great Distributor” is straight forward and honest and will indicate both the pros and cons of a situation. Great Distributors will reveal the competition, provide demographics for the proposed store, and also show the potential pitfalls of the project. In short, the Great Distributor is more interested in the success of your business, rather than just making a sale of equipment. The definition of a "Great Distributor" is when a sales person will walk away from a bad location and forgo a big sale of laundry equipment instead of putting a customer in a marginal location.
Building a coin Laundromat business today is a lot harder than it was 40 years ago. If all there was to opening a Laundromat was buying the equipment, then stores would be built from mail-order catalogs and the internet. What you need today, is a distributor who can provide you with complete comprehensive services.
There are many different types of equipment and many different types of distributors.
There are laundry equipment distributors out there that will promise the world and always come up short. As with everything today; it's “customer beware”. Does the distributor have an office or do they work out of the house and their car? Does the distributor have 10+ years of satisfied customers and suppliers?
HK Laundry Equipment sincerely believes that it practices what it preaches. We keep our promises! Our success is clearly indicated by the fact that we have been involved in the new construction or renovation of over 1000 new Laundromats or renovations since 1967....not one of them is marginal....everyone is a success!
You now have all the information and 'trade secrets' to become a successful Laundromat owner. Now begins the hard work. Go out, drive around, and find yourself a location. Contact commercial real estate brokers and have them bird-dog locations for you. Take this guide as a reference and see what other owners are doing. Visit coin-op owners, go to seminars and subscribe to the trade magazines, buy a book!
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