By Tara Mathews
HOWARD LAKE, MN Brenton Hayden, founder of the $9.9 million business Renter’s Warehouse, recently decided to take on a new project in Howard Lake a laundromat.
“I love starting up new businesses,” commented Hayden, 29, a 2003 graduate of Holy Trinity High School. “The thought of starting up and re-branding the laundromat to be a success is a lot of fun for me.”
Wash and Dry Laundromat was previously owned by Sawatzke Estates, until the owner died and Citizen’s Alliance Bank in Howard Lake obtained the property.
Hayden purchased the property from the bank, and began making remodel plans immediately.
He intends to complete extensive renovations to the building and property, which will require him to close the business for a short period of time.
“I am thinking the renovations will take two to four weeks,” he said.
The laundromat will close Monday, Jan. 19, and almost all renovations will be completed during that time period.
“The drop ceiling and other minor renovations can be completed while it’s open, and we may end up doing that, depending on the amount of time spent on other renovations,” Hayden said.
Ironing out a plan
Hayden’s renovation plans include:
• new branding, including name and logo;
• exterior siding;
• exterior signage on the building and pole;
• exterior LED lighting;
• hardwood floors;
• new drop-style ceiling;
• new roof;
• interior painting;
• replacement/repair of all 24 machines;
• completely remodeled bathroom;
• free Wi-Fi Internet throughout the building;
• free take-a-book/leave-a-book library;
• new soap and laundry supply vending machines;
• new change machine;
• beverage and snack vending machines;
• new security system;
• new sitting/relaxation area; and
• other miscellaneous renovations.
All work will be done by contractor Aaron Brummer of AJB Construction in Howard Lake.
“It’s important for us to use local contractors, and keep the business and money local,” Hayden noted.
‘The Laundry Room’
Hayden’s goal is to create a home-like laundromat where people won’t mind spending time.
“I’m not trying to modernize the building, rather, I would like to keep it more traditional,” Hayden commented.
The new laundromat will be called, “The Laundry Room,” and will likely be open with new renovations by mid-February.
Hayden currently owns 17 properties in Howard Lake and Winsted, and said he wishes to continue buying more.
“I have been very pleased with city staff in both Howard Lake and Winsted, along with people I have worked with at Citizen’s Alliance Bank,” Hayden stated. “They all have a desire to improve the quality of life in their cities, and it shows, by the way they conduct business with potential partners. They have been fantastic to work with, and have made all of these projects easier.”