Three months after the Greene County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a special-use permit, the county’s only laundromat is open for business in Stanardsville.
The coin-and-card operated self-service laundromat is located inside the foyer of the former Dairy Queen, adjacent to Mountainside Gas and convenience store. The location features three washers, four dryers, two folding tables and a bathroom.
Ehtesham “Zak” Zakaria, owner of the building, said that in the laundromat’s first two weeks of opening customers have been satisfied.
“They are very happy about it because they don’t have to travel long distances,” he said. “I had the building already, and I wanted to use it. Everyone asked me for a laundromat. They all needed that.”
Zakaria noted that all of the laundromat’s washers and dryers are 2019 models with the latest technology, as well as energy efficiency. The facility has three varying sizes of washers with the standard-size washer starting at $2 per wash; a 40-pound washer starting at $4 per wash; and a 60- pound washer starting at $6 per wash. All dry cycles start at $1 for a 22-minute cycle. Additional 5-minute increments can be added to a dry cycle, if necessary.
“The main thing about this laundromat is that these are the latest machines,” Zakaria said. “They work well and are cost effective. Everybody thought that cost would be high here because there’s no competition, but it’s actually the other way because I’m not spending as much money on electric or gas.”
Customers should bring their own detergent or fabric softener, but Zakaria added that the machines don’t require much.
Zakaria has plans to add TV’s, a slot machine and signage for the building, as well as eventually re-opening the restaurant space that has been left vacant since Dairy Queen closed.
The laundromat is open seven days a week from 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. with Sundays and later afternoons being the business’ peak times.