Business Bio: A&Q Laundry Room

By Bob Nieman, CLA Member posted 04-29-2016 11:39

  

Tyesha Offiong
A&Q Laundry Room
South River, N.J.

Before Getting into the Laundry Business…


Tyesha formerly served as the director for a non-profit organization.

Store Opening

March 1, 2015

Business Hours

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily

Staff

Three part-time attendants

Total Square Footage

Approximately 1,600 square feet

Parking Availability

A&Q Laundry Room has six parking spaces in the front of the store, which are shared with a convenience store next door. In addition, the laundry has four additional parking spaces in the rear of the building.

Lease or Own?

The store is on a 10-year lease, with a five-year option.

The Building

“My location was an existing laundromat, which I completely renovated,” Tyesha explained. “That renovation process took about three months.”

The Cost

The overall cost, including the laundry equipment, was approximately $200,000.

Turns Per Day

3.5

Utility Costs

The business’ utility costs represent 23 percent of its gross sales.

Marketplace Demographics

A&Q is located in a heavily Hispanic neighborhood.

Competition

“I have two competitors in my immediate area,” Tyesha said.

Payment Options

Coins only

Washers and Dryers

10 Speed Queen 20-pound frontloaders, $2.75
6 Speed Queen 40-pound frontloaders, $4.75
2 Speed Queen 60-pound frontloaders, $5.75
18 Speed Queen 30-pound stack dryers, 25 cents for seven minutes
2 Speed Queen 45-pound stack dryers, 25 cents for five minutes

Bill Changer

1 Rowe bill changer

Laundry Carts

6 R&B Wire Products laundry carts

Folding Tables

5 Solomatic folding tables

Flooring

Commercial tile flooring

Lighting

LED lights

Beverage Vending

1 beverage vending machine – 75 cents for sodas, $1.25 for water

Detergent Sales

A&Q sells detergent and other laundry products over the counter:

•    Clorox bleach, $2.49
•    Tide Simply Clean & Fresh, $2.49
•    Gain (10 ounces), $2.99
•    Ariel, $1.99
•    Downy, $1.99
•    Suavitel, $1.99
•    Suavitel dryer sheets,    $1.49
•    Tide (powder), $1.49
•    Gain (25 ounces), $5.99
•    Tide (25 ounces), $6.99

Wash-Dry-Fold Service

For drop-off loads, the cost is 99 cents per pound, with a 10-pound minimum. For pickup and delivery, the cost is $1.25 per pound, with a 20-pound minimum. Orders weighing less than 10 pounds are charged a flat rate of $10.

The pricing for comforters is as follows:

•    Twin, $10
•    Full/Queen, $13
•    King, $15
•    Down Comforter, $20

Distributor

Super Laundry, Linden, N.J., (800) 992-7269



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