New owners have plans to modernize Laundromat in Mabel
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 5:16 AM
"My main focus is to make the Laundromat more efficient for the people that use it," shared John Jevne, the new manager of the Mabel Laundromat. His mother, LeAnn Jevne, purchased the building that contains the Laundromat on July 1. With the new building being just north of her current business, Mabel Flowers and Gifts, LeAnn looked at it as a good investment.
John Jevne of Mabel stands in the Mabel Laundromat as it looks today. He will soon be adding new machines that will improve efficiency and reduce coin usage by taking credit and debit cards. AMY NORBY/NEWS-RECORD
John, who will be in charge of the space with the washers and dryers, has been doing his homework about the operation. "I am looking into the option of new machines, perhaps front loading machines," he explained. "For the Laundromat, that will be more economical all the way around - both for the business and the consumer."
John also is looking at reducing coin usage by converting to machines that take credit/debit cards for use.
The Jevnes took over ownership of the Laundromat building on July 1 and directly focused on maintenance and updating. Laundromat hours have been extended from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
"I've been trying to get some feedback," said John. He has asked customers to fill out a questionnaire addressing issues such as what hours they use the Laundromat, how often they use it, what days of the week they use it, how many machines they use, what changes they would like to see and what hours they would like to see the Laundromat open.
LeAnn shared, "It made business sense to buy it. I can always fill up a room." The building that houses the Laundromat also holds ideal window space that John's mom will utilize to accommodate her sympathy and plant section from her shop next door. The back of the Laundromat includes a small area that will be used for storage and shop area.
"If it's been a while since you've been in the Laundromat stop in and check out the transition that is happening," John urged.