By NATARIO McKENZIE
Tribune Business Reporter
SUPERWASH has seen business at its Prince Charles Drive laundromat rebound 20-25 per cent, its president Dionisio D’Aguilar telling Tribune Business the laundromat’s southern locations were also seeing an ‘upward trend’ in business.
Mr D’Aguilar told Tribune Business that for the year thus far business at the laundromat chain was only up about 2 per cent, with a significant rebound however at Prince Charles Drive.
The locations where they had the road works we have seen a rebound of business there for sure. On Prince Charles Drive we have seen a significant rebound there, by about 20-25 per cent. This year we’re kind of flat, 1-2 per cent, nothing significant to write home about so far for the first quarter of this year but that location is up significantly,” said Mr D’Aguilar.
Mr D’Aguilar added: “Generally our laundromats to the south like, Carmichael Road, Baillou Hill Road, Soldier Road, East Street and Soldier Road are all trending up. The ones in the inner city like Gibbs Corner and Nassau Street are trending down. I guess that reflects the shift in population. People are tending to move to the south. That’s just the reality on the ground.”
Mr D’Aguilar said that between $1-$1.5 million was being invested into a new laundromat at Gibbs Corner after the previous building was damaged by fire last year.
"That location should be up and running around June or July. The current laundromat has been there since 1969. It’s run its course. We’ll just shift some staff to the new location. Business Gibbs Corner has been hurt by the fire, that location is pretty run down while we reconstruct. That one is not doing very well at all,” Mr D’Aguilar said.