New Alabama Laundromat To Use Dollar Coins
Is it time to move past the Quarter in the Coin Laundry Industry?
Customers put bills into a change machine and get handfuls of quarters that they carry a few feet and feed one at a time into the washer, only to repeat it for the dryers.
Over the past few years Washin Anniston Coin Laundry and Washin Golden Springs Coin Laundry have been experimenting with using a combination of quarters and dollar coins, as well as Dollar Value Tokens.
Many customers using the larger machines will request the dollar coins from the attendant when they make change due to the speed and ease of starting the washer.
Washin Oxford Coin Laundry is a new project underway by parent company K-Bar Inc. The entire store will be set up for acceptance of quarters, dollar coins and dollar value tokens made possible by the installation of Imonex Coin Drops.
According to K-Bar Inc President Ken Barrett " We continually strive to find ways to make the visit to the Laundromat as efficient as possible and switching to dollar coins reduces the time required to start the machines".
Although it seems like a small amount of time many of the customers use multiple machines so it can really add up.
"The change machine will only supply dollar coins which can be used in every machine in the store and extras can be used anywhere.", Barrett, originally from Canada, has experience with dollar coins and feels the reluctance people have about "having a pocket full of heavy coins" is not really an issue. "A dollar coin weighs less than 4 quarters".
Many times customers will bring their own quarters, these tend to be people that only use Laundromats occasionally and may have had problems with getting change in the past. The Imonex drops will accept the quarters and there will be no inconvenience to the customers.
Washin Oxford Coin Laundry will also keep tokens on hand. These will be accepted by the washers and dryers as well and can be used for refunds, raffle prizes and donated to local charities. "Supporting charities with an unattended Laundromat has been a challenge in the past" said Barrett", the tokens allow us to provide them to local groups for their own use or for someone else in need."
Always one to try something new, Barrett also runs a site called LaundromatHowTo.com and a PodCast of the same name where he documents what it's like to start and operate a Coin Laundry. More information at http://laundromathowto.com/
The construction of Washin Oxford Coin Laundry is being documented "from start to finish" and will be posted in a Members Area on www.LaundromatHowTo.com.
"With a background in maintenance and project management it's easy to forget how daunting of a task it can be for a new Laundromat Owner or even an experienced owner to do renovations"
Imonex Services Inc, based in Sealy TX, provides coin drops for use throughout the world and are capable of accepting the 3 coins being used in Washin Oxford Coin Laundry. More information can be found at www.Imonex.com