For over 36 years, Bob Frandsen has taken pride in providing the nicest laundromats in the area.
After opening his first laundromat in his hometown of Rush City, he decided to make the laundry business his full-time career and now has nine locations, with the newest opening in Cambridge.
Maytag Laundry, located at 737 Main St. S., will hold a grand opening celebration from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 1. During that celebration, guests can enjoy unlimited free washing (with drying at regular price), register for door prize drawings and enjoy free coffee, doughnuts and lemonade.
“We have always thought about building a location in Cambridge, but Cambridge always had a good car wash and laundromat, so we saw no reason to build another one,” Frandsen said. “But then a few years back, we told the owner of the current laundromat that if he ever thought about selling to give us a call. So when he called, I decided to build a brand-new building and ended up buying two city lots to do this. We knew we needed to be where the people are and we have a nice, big parking lot with easy access.”
The Cambridge location features 20-, 40-, 60- and 80-pound washing machines and 35-, 45- and 75-pound dryers. The washing machines are Dexter commercial washers made in Iowa and the dryers are Maytag, for a total of 40 machines offered in the Cambridge location.
“A lot of our customers like to do all of their laundry in our larger washing machines and our larger dryers so they can get it done very efficiently,” Frandsen said.
All the machines accept $1 tokens, $1 coins or quarters. Frandsen explained if a customer loses money to a machine, they are mailed a token note in the respective amount that they can use in the facility.
There is an ATM machine and snack vending machines on site for customer convenience. The facility also features free Wi-Fi, comfortable seating areas, televisions, in-floor heating and video surveillance.
“The feedback we always get from our customers is that we offer the nicest laundromats around,” Frandsen said. “We work really hard to keep our facilities clean and all of our machines working.”
The Cambridge location is modeled after Frandsen’s other facilities in Pine City, Mora, Cloquet and North Branch. He also owns laundromats in Lexington, Forest Lake, Duluth and Superior, Wisconsin.
“I have an uncle from Wisconsin that is in the laundry business and I always thought it was a neat business,” Frandsen said. “Back in the day, we used to just rent space for our laundry facilities, but now we own all the properties.”
Following his graduation from Rush City High School, Frandsen attended the University of Minnesota, Waseca, for two years and then transferred to the University of St. Thomas where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance.
“We’ve always worked very hard to have our laundry facilities be they best they can be, and we have great employees. Some of our employees have been working for us for 15 or 20 years,” Frandsen said.
Mark Haug Construction out of Pine City served as the general contractor for the Cambridge store with Ramberg Construction out of North Branch handling the cement work.
“We welcome everyone to come visit us during our grand opening on June 1,” Frandsen said. “We are excited to be in Cambridge.”