If your laundry is unattended and you want to let customers change the channel, mount the TV low enough on the wall so they can reach the channel and volume buttons. Customers are likely to walk off with a remote control, even if it’s tacked to a table.
Wallace says these profit margins have less to do with the size of the store than with its owner. An owner who runs his or her store well-who keeps it clean, repairs its equipment quickly, uses energy-efficient systems and offers good customer service-will see profit margins of about 35 percent.
They sell the snacks at a low cost because their store is next to a mini-mart. ”If we had the same prices or higher, everyone would just go next door,” Clarkson says. Still, their snack business is brisk enough that it brings in $30 to $60 a day. ”Our Pepsi distributor says we do more [business] than some of his restaurants.” Having the snack counter also improves customer relations, she says. ”Our customers really appreciate the cheap prices.”
Even adults will get bored at a laundromat. After all, mostly what they are doing is waiting around for clothes to wash and dry. Many laundries these days have one or more TVs mounted to the wall. Some laundries keep the TVs tuned to one channel, some play videos, and others let customers change the channels themselves.