Employee Chelie Beaupre folds an order of laundry dropped off at the Monument Laundromat in Goffstown. (KATHY REMILLARD PHOTO)
Goffstown laundry re-opens after yearlong closure
GOFFSTOWN - After a year out of business, the Monument Laundromat has reopened.
The full-service laundromat opened on Oct. 31, just in time for those without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
"The overall response is that people are glad we're open," said owner Tony Crawford. "Every single person who's walked through the doors has had compliments."
Crawford, who began leasing the property at 7 Main St. on Oct. 1, spent the month renovating the space that had been empty since October 2011.
The facility boasts 10 new washing machines, with five more on the way, Crawford said.
The new machines use much less water than some of their counterparts - 11 gallons as opposed to 36 in older models, which Crawford says is a benefit both to the environment and to his customers.
"That saves the customer money, because they save on drying time," he said. "They're the fastest-spinning machines on the market."
For Crawford, keeping things clean isn't a new concept - he is the owner of 11 car washes statewide, including the Circle T chain.
"There are huge similarities between them," he said. "Keeping a clean, well-run facility is the most basic thing to remember."
Crawford describes himself as someone who is always looking for another project, and said he is already looking for another laundromat location.
"I love to build it, get it running and staff it properly," he said.
Robbie Grady, director of Goffstown's Main Street Program, said residents have been awaiting for the Monument's re-opening.
"I think we're all very happy to see this back up and functioning again," she said. "It was very hard to see it close."
Grady said that while she's pleased that locals will have convenient services close by, it's a benefit to the entire downtown area as well.
"Maybe people will swing by Sawyer's and grab a coffee while they're doing their laundry, or head to the Spotted Sheep and pick up yarn, or even stop by the library," she said.
Grady said other additions to the Main Street area in the future include the opening the High Street Farmhouse at the end of the month and a State Farm insurance office after the first of the year.