2nd commercial laundry to open at Commerce Park
By Jon Hawley
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Pasquotank County Commerce Park will soon be home to a second commercial laundry service — one exclusively serving vacation rental firms on the Outer Banks and in Virginia Beach.
Tim Cafferty, of Cafferty Enterprises LLC, said Thursday he's looking to open a laundry service for his rental property firms, Outer Banks Blue and Sandridge Blue, next month. It will occupy 104 Corporate Drive, the former Elizabeth City Glass building.
Cafferty’s laundry service will also be right next door to major commercial launderer Moneysworth Linen Services, who previously handled linens for Cafferty's hundreds of rental properties. The new business will employ seven year-round employees and 10 seasonal workers, Cafferty said.
Cafferty detailed the company's new venture while seeking a necessary approval from Pasquotank County commissioners earlier this month.
Cafferty explained that, between the roughly 300 properties he has on the Outer Banks and 75 in Virginia, he sees up to 4,500 guests on a weekly basis. Those guests need a lot of linens that Cafferty has relied on Moneysworth to wash until now. While not criticizing the company, Cafferty said he's bringing laundry service in-house to save money and avoid loss of materials.
“When you lose up to $70,000 of linens a year, it's time to think about doing something else,” Cafferty told commissioners.
Cafferty said he decided on the site at 104 Corporate Drive because it’s convenient and provides more than enough space for his operation. However, Pasquotank County has placed restrictive covenants on the kinds of businesses that can occupy sites at the Commerce Park, a measure to control its development.
While no commissioner opposed Cafferty’s request for approval to operate at the site, board Vice Chairman Bill Sterritt did ask if the county could handle the additional water demand the laundry service would create.
Water Superintendent David Smithson said Cafferty's water use wouldn't be a problem; his usage would be a small fraction of Moneysworth's, he said. Smithson also said the county should be able to handle Cafferty’s sewer needs, and it has already planned sewer upgrades at commerce park within the next year to further meet demand.
Cafferty is proposing to use only four commercial washing machines and five dryers.
Commissioners unanimously approved permitting Cafferty's business. Commissioner Jeff Dixon was recused from the vote after disclosing he has a rental contract with Outer Banks Blue.
Cafferty said in a followup interview he'll probably invest about $650,000 in starting up the laundry service, including $400,000 for buying the building from its current owner, Zack Robertson, plus $250,000 for equipment.