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Laundromat owner invests in community, expands services

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

A little more than 70 years ago, an ad was published in a Slaton yearbook for Thomas’ Helpy Selfy Laundry.

In 2024, Gavyn Thomas, continues that service as the new owner of the Slaton Express Laundromat.

The business, located at 745 S. 9th St., allows customers to wash and dry their laundry daily.

The original one his family owned in the 1950s was on New Mexico Street.

Thomas said he moved back to Slaton full-time in July and wanted to invest in a business as well as do rentals. 

“The opportunity quickly came when the owner of the laundromat reached out about selling the business and I quickly researched and decided to jump into the opportunity,” he said.  

Thomas added while the storefront was not the original one his family owned, the spirit he inherited reflected in their past.

“My entrepreneurial spirit was inherited from my grandparents Hezekiah and Gladys Thomas.  In the early 1950’s, circa 1953, they owned and operated a laundromat on the east side of Slaton on New Mexico St.,” he said. 

“They eventually bought some land and started farming cotton.  Ultimately, they donated the laundromat site to Triumph Baptist Church to be used as a church parsonage.”

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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