NRL star's dirty business
NRL star Sione Faumuina has left behind his days on the football field to start up his own business by officially opening the Springfield Serviced Laundromat.
The former Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors player said the business idea came to him after his own washing machine called it quits.
"When my washing machine broke, I couldn't believe the nearest Laundromat was in Redbank," he said.
"It was at least a 20 minute drive, and it was always busy.
"But as fate would have it, when I was driving back from the Redbank Laundromat one day, I saw some empty shops in Springfield and started researching what it would take to open one up here."
After months of research and finding the perfect location, Mr Faumuina said he was proud and excited to see his new store open to the public.
His Laundromat features six nine kilo front loader washing machines, one 18 kilo washing machine and three 13 kilo double stack driers.
"Being Springfield's first laundromat, I wanted it to stand out," Mr Faumuina said.
Working as an electrician in Gladstone, Mr Faumuina said his partner would operate the business while he was away, but he would take the reins when he came back to Ipswich.
"Ipswich is a great area and I am very proud to call it home," he said.
Mr Faumuina will be at the Laundromat today for his official grand opening, where he will be offering free washes and a sausage sizzle from
The Laundromat is located at 4/28 Commercial Dr, Springfield.