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September 23, 2023

Construction continues on Watsonville laundromat

Laundromat to feature wifi, an app for payments

WATSONVILLE—Work continues on Laundry Day, the new Laundromat on the corner of Brennan Street and East Lake Avenue. 

Situated in the former Union Bank (and Watsonville Federal Savings and Loan before that), the remodeling project, which has gone on for more than a year, is slated for a soft opening in the second half of February, said owner Dai Truong. 

Currently there are several projects underway, including underground sewer and water upgrades that have led to huge craters being carved into the roadway on Brennan Street and East Lake Avenue. That work has called for partial and full road closures over the past several months. There are about 18 large sheets of steel covering open trenches on the two streets. Sidewalks wrapping around the business remain closed. 

Truong said his business, at 35 East Lake Ave., is 6,800 square feet. 

It will feature self-service or drop-off laundry “where we wash, dry and fold/hang for pick up later,” Truong said. 

He said he hopes to “modernize the laundry experience in a clean safe facility” that will feature complimentary Wifi, a TV lounge and “space to do your latest tech connections.” A special in-house app will help customers pay and monitor their machines on mobile devices.

“We will have an area dedicated to family Read/Play/Learn space,” Truong said. “What better place is there to promote literacy?” 

He said the business will couple “the library community” and the Coin Laundry Association and the LaundryCares Foundation to promote literacy while patrons with their children are taking care of chores at the laundromat. 

• Hours, 7 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., 7 days a week

• Onsite parking for 28 cars

• Equipped with 102 washer and dryers ranging from single load to eight 

• Latest energy efficient and time reduction machines 

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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