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You’ll often hear a business blog or investor piece talking about how the commercial laundromat industry is “dying.”

They’ll point to things like a lower number of new laundromats opening, or the preference of buyers and renters for in-unit washers and dryers as evidence that commercial laundry is on the way out.

But of course, extrapolating a small data set to prematurely declare an industry dead is a common pastime for business blogs. The fact is the laundromat industry not only isn’t dying but is projected to get even bigger in the coming years, and Laundry One is here to help make that happen.

Coin-Operated Laundry is a Great Investment and Projected to Grow
A 2020 study showed that the coin-operated laundry industry was a $14.6 billion industry in 2019, with the largest share of that being in North America.

And not only is that a massive industry already, but it was projected to grow at a whopping 9.4% between 2020 and 2027.

That’s a lot of potential for growth in the commercial laundry industry, and it remains a great investment with relatively little risk, as businesses go. Unlike many businesses, laundromats can be run relatively passively, even if you have no experience in the commercial laundry industry beforehand.

Because laundromats are primarily automated, this makes it a great choice if you’re looking for a business you can run without having to spend all your time there.

That doesn’t mean you can neglect it entirely – you still need to be on hand to make sure your laundry facility is clean and you’re quickly handling repairs. But compared to the 24/7 attention required by, say, a restaurant, new laundromats are much lower-maintenance and can be successfully run even by people with a different day job.

Barriers to entry are also relatively low, as the vast majority of laundromats are owned by mom-and-pop operations that own only one or two locations. The coin-op laundry industry doesn’t really have a major “Wal-Mart”-style force that dominates areas with name recognition and impossible price competition.

What that means is that running a coin-op laundry business is as much about people and personal connections as equipment and facilities. If you’re looking to get into the commercial laundry industry by setting up in a single location, you’ll be in good company. But that doesn’t mean everything comes easy.

Pitfalls to Joining the Coin-Op Laundry Industry
The laundromat industry isn’t dead, and it isn’t dying, but it IS changing.

You can’t simply open up a new laundromat on any old street corner and expect to start cashing in. The laundromat industry is often referred to as a “mature market.” What this means, in effect, is that there are not a lot of communities that need a laundromat that are not already being served by one.

That means your options, as a prospective new laundromat owner, include finding a newly-developed area that could use a laundromat (think new apartment communities without in-unit laundry facilities), or taking over an existing laundromat in a desirable area from someone looking to sell.

Your other big option when starting a laundromat is to change the game.

How the Coin-Op Laundry Industry is Evolving
Once upon a time, adding dry-cleaning services to a coin-operated laundry facility was a big deal.

Today, it’s a fairly common add-on service, but it’s not enough to make a new laundromat stand out. Today’s coin-op laundry facilities are evolving to become places where people want to spend their time.

The fact is, customers spend a majority of their time at laundromats simply waiting around. A vending machine and a TV in the corner set to a news channel isn’t really going to make it more fun for someone to hang out while they wait for their blue jeans to dry. Keeping your laundromat clean and equipping it with shiny new machines will help, but won’t make the experience stand out.

That’s why many new laundromats are making the experience more enjoyable by adding small coffee shops, free Wi-Fi, and even video games. These are all things that will increase your overhead, of course, but they are also huge differentiating factors in an industry where there aren’t very many of those to work with.

Some modern laundromats are also introducing drop-off/pick-up laundry services, where they can simply have staff take care of their laundry during a busy day.

These are all examples of how the coin-op laundry industry is evolving to thrive in changing times, rather than withering. With a good business plan, smart management, and a few edges to help you stand out from the competition, you can grab your piece of that growing $14.6 billion pie.

We can help! Contact Laundry One or check out our investment guide to see what opportunities are available to you! We can even help you put together a successful business plan. www.laundryone.com


Although Madrid, the second most populous city in the European Union, is recognized as a major tourist hub for its diverse gastronomic and cultural heritage, the city has no beach life. That until now, because on the outskirts of that city, Crystal Lagoons will build Alovera Beach, its first Public Access Lagoons™ project on the Iberian Peninsula. Elsewhere in Europe the company is already developing PAL™ projects in the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Hungary and Turkey, as well as having already developed two real estate complexes in Spain (Costa del Sol and Murcia).

What are the main characteristics of this iconic project?

Alovera Beach will be the largest artificial beach in Europe, located in a Mediterranean urban area less than 40 minutes from the center of Madrid. The centerpiece of this resort will be a 2.1-hectare turquoise lagoon that will be open to the general public for the price of an entrance fee.

What benefits will this new complex bring to the region?

The project is an innovative concept, which will transform the municipality of Alovera and boost tourism in the Guadalajara area, positioning itself on the European map of technology, innovation and sustainability and as a unique reference point in outdoor water sports. The complex will be open all year round and expects to receive around 350,000 visitors annually.

The project, which will be developed by Crystal Lagoons in partnership with Grupo Rayet, will become a model for urban regeneration that will change the local landscape in a revolutionary way, have a high social impact and generate more than 330 direct and indirect jobs.

How will local residents benefit with the project?

Public Access Lagoons™ projects, also known as PAL™ developments, drastically change people’s lifestyles. They bring beach life and water sports possible in a city context, making going to the beach as close and as normal as going to the local park is today.

The body of water will be surrounded by an extensive, 1.6-hectare, white sandy beach and include sports facilities, a water park with slides and children’s pools, a water sports school for kayaking and paddle boarding and gastronomic services.

How do you address the current need to be a sustainable amenity?

Like all of Crystal Lagoons projects, the Alovera Beach lagoon will include the multinational’s sustainable technology, which allows the use of any type of water, consumes 30 times less water than a golf course and only half that of a park of the same size. Its filtration system uses only 2% of the energy of a conventional system and up to 100 times less chemicals than a swimming pool.

What are the main projects of Crystal Lagoons in Spain and Europe?

Alovera is the firm’s third project in Spain, which include the Alcazaba Lagoon (Costa del Sol) and Santa Rosalía (Murcia) residential developments. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Europe, Crystal Lagoons has just signed a master agreement to develop six PAL™ complexes in Prague, Warsaw, Budapest and Bucharest. The company also has a project in Turkey and is in advanced negotiations for projects in Italy (Milan, Verona, Rome and Naples), Portugal, Greece and Georgia. www.crystal-lagoons.com


April 11 to 14 saw Cvent, the largest provider of technology for planning and executing meetings and events, host more than 2,000 planner customers at Caesars Forum in Las Vegas for its annual Cvent Connect event. Another 10,000 customers and other meeting-industry members participated virtually. This was the second time Cvent Connect was held in a hybrid format, and just eight months after the first iteration. During a wrap-up series of interviews for the online audience on the last day, various members of the planning staff spoke to virtual-program emcee Courtney Stanley about their work.

David Heizer, team lead, professional services for Cvent, noted that “we learned a lot from last year’s event and since that time, too. For that first hybrid, we didn’t have a playbook, but this time we could take things from last year’s playbook and build on them.”

Specifically, “you have a lot of momentum out of the gate when it’s the second show with the same team. Just knowing the event’s audience and flow, being familiar with how everyone works, having the documentation—all of that was a big help for us coming back after just eight months.” Another big help: A full debriefing of the entire team after the 2021 event. “That’s what you want to do in order to optimize the things that worked, and keep everything getting better.”

To properly serve the virtual audience, Heizer advised planners to “test early and test often. Somebody told me that plan A is always a decoy, and that tends to be true. For most of our streaming stages, we had anywhere from three to seven backup plans so that if a given scenario happened, we knew exactly how to pivot.”

Cvent’s production partner for the event was Encore, and Rob Stout, the firm’s vice president of production operations, said that a hybrid event “boils down to this: It’s one event but two experiences. The people who are in person have the advantage of taking in the whole environment, while those watching on a screen are getting more of a broadcast dynamic, and you have to plan for that difference. There’s a little more staff talent that’s needed—the broadcast requires more of a technical toolkit to really make the experience for remote attendees engaging, like a sporting event. I think that kind of investment is key, and it’s worth it in order to get a high degree of remote-attendee engagement. It’s not the same show for each audience.”

Kayla Sommers, CMP, senior meetings and events planner for Cvent and production lead for Connect, said that the team worked especially hard on making the opening entertainment segment a great hybrid experience. “The focus was not just on the people watching the performance on the stage in front of them; we really tried to choose something that would come across through the camera to all those desktops incredibly well.”

For other planners to do this, Sommers suggested that they “ask more questions of your suppliers than you ever have before. If you don’t know what exists out there, you don’t know what you could potentially do for your event. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.”

CventConnectStanleyGiusti.pngPaulina Giusti (in photo, wearing black), senior meetings and events manager for Cvent who oversaw the planning team with Sommers, added that “now’s the time” to stretch what you do with your events, perhaps even “take some risks. We’re all making our way back into in-person events, and I think this is the opportunity to give something a go that you’ve never done before. We did a lot of that with this year’s programming, including creating a lot more networking opportunities. And we’re ready to take some more chances with some other programs we’ve got coming up,” including Cvent Connect Europe taking place October 4 to 6.

In his keynote on day one, Cvent founder and CEO Reggie Aggarwal emphasized that hybrid events will continue long after the Covid pandemic ends. As for the efforts that corporate, association, and third-party planners made to get up to speed technologically during the pandemic, “I want to thank all of you for your grit and your determination for adapting and embracing digitization so that our industry can move forward,” he said. “Just remember, technology is here to stay. It’s accelerating and it is now pervasive across the entire event lifecycle, and you’ve got to embrace it as a core competency.”

www.cvent.com


Since we began to offer color changes for free, we have helped our clients achieve some spectacular murals using their own choices of colors. We even have the ability to match colors to all of the colors offered by Benjamin-Moore or Sherwin Williams. Shades of blue work for land as long as the ocean water is white or a light shade of another color. In most cases our clients make great decisions in their color choices. But there are colors that will confuse those familiar with NOAA chart colors to the point that it becomes difficult to see what is land and what is water. That is because there is a paradigm of chart colors that need to be understood before choosing custom colors. Generally there are two paradigms of color: Land and water. Land: NOAA has had a variety of colors for land colors, The land colors range from beige, taupe, and yellow. Land that has a significant population area is often colored a deeper version of the land color. For example beige land with a population area has the population area a darker beige or even a burnt orange color. Here is a chart where land is a yellow color. We brightened the blue for a better contrast. Water: NOAA colors shallow water a light blue, and on some charts water that is a little deeper has a lighter shade of blue to contrast with the darker shallow water. Water over 60 feet at low tide often is white. So if a client wants the land to be a shade of blue and the water a beige, taupe or yellow, it will present a confusing picture to those familiar with NOAA charts. Our Advice: Whenever we receive a request to make water a land color or land a water color, we will advise other choices that a align with the land/water paradigms. In short, we hope to have our client’s murals clearly convey what areas are land and what color is water.

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Wood Couture has been appointed to manufacture the Loose FFE of the Raffles in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The scope includes, casegoods, upholstery, Decorative Lighting. Keys including Public Areas.

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It’s been a very busy couple months for BCI Worldwide in Macau with three major projects all happening at the same time. The ongoing projects include: the renovation and conversion of the Four Seasons, renovation of the Encore Tower Suites, and renovation & re-branding of the Londoner at Sands Cotai Central. BCI Worldwide is managing the Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) Logistics for each of these projects.

The Londoner is a major project by the Sands organization, with 1,700 guestrooms at Sands Cotai Central being renovated and re-branded to a London-themed integrated resort. BCI Worldwide is handling the de-installation and removal of all the old FF&E and the warehousing and installation of all the new FF&E. Over $2 billion USD has been invested by Sands China on this project alone.

Right across the street, similar work is being done on the Four Seasons Hotel Macau. Another Sands China owned property, this project will see the renovation and conversion of the property into a 289 room, all-suites hotel. Warehousing and installation of all the new FF&E going into the suites and public areas is being managed by BCI Worldwide.

And finally, the renovation of the 410 room Encore Tower Suites at Wynn Macau is aiming to finish up by the end of 2019. BCI Worldwide has been managing the on-site logistics since the beginning of the summer, having been working on the removal and de-installation of all the old FF&E and the installation of all the new FF&E.

“The amount of work BCI Worldwide has been selected to handle is a testament to the reputation and experience our team has within Macau and the Integrated Resort industry,” said Lino Airosa, Executive Managing Director for BCI Worldwide, “Some see it as a challenge, but we see it as an opportunity.”

About BCI Worldwide

BCI Worldwide specializes in Hospitality Logistics with a focus on hotel & commercial pre-openings and renovations. BCI Worldwide has operated for over 30 years and has handled and installed over 10,000,000 pieces of furniture across 500,000+ rooms with current operations in North America and Asia. Services include: FF&E and OS&E freight forwarding, warehousing, installation, project management, de-installation, and liquidation. Contact BCI Worldwide today to let us assist in your upcoming project.

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Through our Land AQ & D Loan program, we at Prevail Financial, can handle everything for you at one time and in one place. We are committed to moving quickly in order to keep you on schedule, no matter if your plans involve a single commercial building, and entire commercial development, or a residential community, Prevail Financial will treat each scenario with the urgency and attention.

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