Lapels Dry Cleaning signs with World Franchise Associates, eyes international expansion

photo of Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning
Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning

HANOVER, MA…

Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, recently signed a consulting agreement with World Franchise Associates (WFA) of London, England.

World Franchise Associates is an international franchise organization that expertly assists franchisors entering new international markets and assists international franchise buyers in acquiring the best franchised business brands. As part of the one-year agreement, WFA will work to connect Lapels to operating companies in the Middle East and southeast Asia

“Expanding internationally has been something that’s been on our radar for the past few years but coming up with the right strategy has been in a challenge,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. “Working with a firm with a track record like WFA’s will greatly expedite our plans for international growth.”

WFA (www.worldfranchiseassociates.com) is registered in London with offices in the UK, Middle East, Asia and East and Central Europe. Some of the franchises the firm has helped expand internationally include: Steak ‘n Shake, Fastsigns and Joe’s Crab Shack. WFA is the publisher of the World Franchise Review.

“The types of franchises that succeed in the international market typically have a unique offering. What Lapels has done in creating a environmentally friendly method to dry clean clothes certainly fits that description,” said Martin Hancock, WFA chief operating officer for North America. “We’re looking forward to working with Kevin and his team to bring that package to the international market for today’s aspiring franchise owners looking for a greener franchise opportunity.”

Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning experience over the past dozen years. That effort features the latest technology in equipment to improve the dry cleaning cycle and utilizing GreenEarth® solvent at its newer locations. GreenEarth is the dry cleaning industry’s only non-toxic cleaning alternative. Using these kinds of solutions and, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process. Their environmentally-friendly cleaning process has no odor and is gentler on clothes, thus lengthening the life of clothes.

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit www.mylapels.com.

Lapels Dry Cleaning – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
Each Lapels Dry Cleaning store offers a full slate of services, including: same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage. Lapels Dry Cleaning has stores in Arizona (Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale), California (Poway), Colorado (Littleton), Connecticut (Cromwell), Florida (Fleming Island, Orange Park) Louisiana (Monroe, West Monroe, Delhi, Rayville, Winnsboro), Massachusetts (Abington, Allston, Bedford, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Franklin, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), Mississippi (New Albany), Missouri (Wildwood), New Jersey (Brick, Freehold), Ohio (Liberty Township), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), Rhode Island (Lincoln); South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach), Texas (Austin, Bee Cave, Brownsville, Cedar Park). Additional locations are coming soon to Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Tampa and Orange Park, FL, Boston Seaport, Martha’s Vineyard and Waltham, MA, Scottsdale and Yuma, AZ, Oxford and Tupelo, MS.

Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” identifying Lapels Dry Cleaning as one of today’s top franchise opportunities. Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.

Lapels Dry Cleaning corporate offices are located at 962 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Lapels Dry Cleaning, call toll free (866) 695-2735 or email sales@lapelsdrycleaning.com. Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s Web site, www.lapelsdrycleaning.com.

Sweet new dry cleaner. Lapels Dry Cleaning coming to Tupelo, MS

Martin and Leah Richardson, owners of the new Lapels Dry Cleaning of Tupelo, MS
Martin and Leah Richardson, owners of the new Lapels Dry Cleaning of Tupelo, MS

TUPELO, MS and HANOVER, MA…

Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, will open a plant at 367 North Gloster Street in Tupelo, MS. An April 25 opening is planned.

“We are delighted to bring Lapels’ standard of high quality dry cleaning and superior customer service to Tupelo,” said Leah Richardson, who along with her husband Martin, own and operate Lapels Dry Cleaning of Tupelo. “Lapels Dry Cleaning has been very well received at the other Mississippi location in New Albany and we’re confident of a similar result here in Tupelo.”

Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning experience over the past dozen years. Part of that effort includes a partnership agreement with GreenEarth®, the dry cleaning industry’s only non-toxic cleaning alternative for its newer locations like Lapels Dry Cleaning of Tupelo. Using these kinds of solutions and the latest technology in equipment, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process. Their environmentally-friendly cleaning process has no odor and is gentler on clothes, thus lengthening the life of clothes.

Lapels Dry Cleaning also sets itself apart with its customer service. Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives, and alteration services.

Lapels offers it’s customers Automatic Rewards earning them credit towards free dry cleaning for every dollar they spend, Loyalty Programs, a VIP Program which eliminates the need to wait in line, the use of a 24 Hour Drop Off Service and FREE Home Delivery to all its customers. Same day service is also available with pick-up after 5 pm.

Hours for the new Lapels Dry Cleaning of Tupelo plant will be Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, 12 pm to 3 pm. The grand opening for the new Lapels will be held on May 30, 2015.

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit www.mylapels.com.

Lapels Dry Cleaning – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
Each Lapels Dry Cleaning store offers a full slate of services, including: same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage. Lapels Dry Cleaning has stores in Arizona (Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale), California (Poway), Colorado (Littleton), Connecticut (Cromwell), Florida (Fleming Island, Orange Park) Louisiana (Monroe, West Monroe, Delhi, Rayville, Winnsboro), Massachusetts (Abington, Allston, Bedford, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Franklin, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), Mississippi (New Albany), Missouri (Wildwood), New Jersey (Brick, Freehold), Ohio (Liberty Township), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), Rhode Island (Lincoln); South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach), Texas (Austin, Bee Cave, Brownsville, Cedar Park). Additional locations are coming soon to Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Tampa and Orange Park, FL, Boston Seaport, Martha’s Vineyard and Waltham, MA, Scottsdale and Yuma, AZ, Oxford and Tupelo, MS.

Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” identifying Lapels Dry Cleaning as one of today’s top franchise opportunities. Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.

Lapels Dry Cleaning corporate offices are located at 962 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Lapels Dry Cleaning, call toll free (866) 695-2735 or email sales@lapelsdrycleaning.com. Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s Web site, www.lapelsdrycleaning.com.

Lapels Dry Cleaning names Jeff Kline as Franchise Owner of the Year

Lapels Dry Cleaning
Jeff Kline, owner of Lapels Dry Cleaning of Gilbert and Chandler, AZ, receives Franchise Owner of the Year award from Lapels CEO Kevin Dubois

GILBERT, AZ, CHANDLER, AZ and HANOVER, MA…

Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, recently named Jeff Kline as its Franchise Owner of the Year for 2014.  Kline, a Gilbert, Arizona resident, owns Lapels Dry Cleaning of Chandler, located at 1085 West Queen Creek Road and Lapels Dry Cleaning of Gilbert, located at 2586 South Val Vista Drive.

“Since Jeff opened his doors for business in 2011, his Lapels Dry Cleaning stores have exemplified the excellence we strive for with all our locations,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. “We congratulate him as a very worthy winner of Lapels Dry Cleaning’s Franchise Owner of the Year honors for 2014.”

For winning Franchise Owner of the Year, Kline received a trophy and $2,000 award, presented by Dubois.

As part of the award ceremony, Dubois cited a number of reasons for choosing Kline from more than 60 franchise owners. Those included: growth of Kline’s plant in Gilbert by nearly 50 percent and his satellite Store in Chandler by 20 percent; training new Lapels franchisees that opened in 2014 at his facility in Arizona; development of a strong delivery business, which consists of residential and hotel delivery; working with Lapels Corporate Team to create a truly robust Construction Document which has helped new franchise owners in the build of their new stores; helping, with his staff, to develop a customer review platform; and more.

“Our goal in opening our Lapels Dry Cleaning stores was to bring high quality dry cleaning and superior customer service to our friends, neighbors and fellow East Valley residents,” said Kline, who owns and operates both locations with his wife Tanya. “To be recognized as Franchise Owner of the Year so soon after opening is really a testament to the business model Lapels has set up and the commitment and dedication of my wife Tanya and the rest of our team.”

Prior to opening the Lapels stores, Jeff Kline worked as an aerospace engineer at Orbital Sciences Corporation in Gilbert. Jeff and Tanya reside in Gilbert with their two children.

Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning experience over the past dozen years. Using environmentally friendly solutions and the latest technology in equipment, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process. Their environmentally-friendly cleaning process has no odor and is gentler on clothes, thus lengthening the life of clothes.

Lapels Dry Cleaning also sets itself apart with its customer service. Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives, and alteration services.

Lapels offers it’s customers Automatic Rewards earning them credit towards free dry cleaning for every dollar they spend, Loyalty Programs, a VIP Program which eliminates the need to wait in line, the use of a 24 Hour Drop Off Service and FREE Home Delivery to all its customers. Same day service is also available with pick-up after 5 pm.

Hours for the Lapels Dry Cleaning of Chandler and Lapels Dry Cleaning of Gilbert are Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, 12 pm to 3 pm.

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit www.mylapels.com.

Lapels Dry Cleaning – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners

Each Lapels Dry Cleaning store offers a full slate of services, including: same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage. Lapels Dry Cleaning has stores in Arizona (Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale), California (Poway), Colorado (Littleton), Connecticut (Cromwell), Florida (Fleming Island, Orange Park) Louisiana (Monroe, West Monroe, Delhi, Rayville, Winnsboro), Massachusetts (Abington, Allston, Bedford, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Franklin, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), Mississippi (New Albany), Missouri (Wildwood), New Jersey (Brick, Freehold), Ohio (Liberty Township), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), Rhode Island (Lincoln); South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach), Texas (Austin, Bee Cave, Brownsville, Cedar Park). Additional locations are coming soon to Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Tampa and Orange Park, FL, Boston Seaport, Martha’s Vineyard and Waltham, MA, Scottsdale and Yuma, AZ, Oxford and Tupelo, MS.

Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” identifying Lapels Dry Cleaning as one of today’s top franchise opportunities. Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.

Lapels Dry Cleaning corporate offices are located at 962 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Lapels Dry Cleaning, call toll free (866) 695-2735 or email sales@lapelsdrycleaning.com. Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s Web site, www.lapelsdrycleaning.com.

Make sense of dollars. Financing for Franchisees panel hosted by New England Franchise Association on March 5.

Without financing, most can never afford to buy a franchise – or start any type of business. But where do you get that capital? Your rich uncle? Your local bank or credit union? An SBA loan? Your 401K or IRA?

The New England Franchise Association (NEFA) offers some insight into traditional and non-traditional methods of financing your franchise business with a panel discussion at the Hilton Woburn, 2 Forbes Road, Woburn, MA on Thursday, March 5 from 11 AM – 2 PM.

The entire business community is invited. The cost for NEFA members is $50 and $75 for non-members. Please register at the New England Franchise Association’s website www.nefranchise.org.

The panel will include Rocco Fiorentino, Benetrends Financial; Kathleen Kelly, Radius Bank; Mike Rozman, Boefly and a representative of FRANdata. Evan Hackel of Ingage Consulting will moderate the panel.

This event includes lunch, networking and the panel discussion.

ABOUT NEFA
New England Franchise Association (NEFA) is the trade organization for franchisors and franchisees in the region. The mission of NEFA is to bring franchise executives, franchisees and suppliers together to share ideas for success.

Franchising more than ever before, has an unprecedented opportunity to make a major positive impact on the future New England economy. In a 2001-05 study conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers on behalf of the International Franchise Association (IFA) found that in New England over 875,000 jobs are a result of franchising, the total output is over 100 billion dollars a year, and there are over 35,000 franchise establishments in the six New England states.

EVENT INFO
Space is limited. For more information and to reserve a seat for this event, please visit the New England Franchise Association via the organization’s website www.NEFranchise.org or email to info@NEFranchise.org.

Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport holds coat drive to benefit St. Francis House

Scott Goddess (right) of Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport.
Scott Goddess (right) of Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport.

BOSTON, MA and HANOVER, MA…

Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport may have opened its doors at 415 D Street in South Boston a few months but it has not taken the dry cleaner long to open its heart to the local community. Case in point, Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport recently kicked off a coat drive to benefit St. Francis House, a homeless shelter located at 39 Boylston Street in Boston.

“It’s winter in Boston and it’s cold. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to not have a warm place to stay and an adequate coat to wear,” said Scott Goddess, owner of Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport. “The St. Francis House does wonderful work in providing a shelter, clothing and other services for the homeless. We’re hoping this drive can provide some warmth to as many of its residents as possible.”

Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport will be collecting coats at its Boston Seaport location until January 31. The coats do not have to be cleaned to be donated. Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston will take care of that.

Coats can be donated during store hours. Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport is open Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, 12pm to 3 pm.

“We take pride in the fact that our franchise owners are not only a part of the business community but make themselves part of the entire community they serve. Each year dozens of Lapels owners participate in clothing drives that generate literally tons of donations from our customers,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, which is based in Hanover, MA. “We applaud Scott and his team at Lapels Dry Cleaning of Boston Seaport and their effort on behalf of St. Francis House.”

In addition to providing food, shelter and clothing for the homeless, St. Francis House offers a number of other services. Those include: showers; medical care; legal assistance; mental health and substance abuse counseling; employment services; housing counseling; next step housing program; moving ahead programs; art therapy; pastoral counseling; and referral services.

For information about St. Francis House information, visit www.stfrancishouse.org.

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit www.mylapels.com.

Lapels Dry Cleaning – Environmentally Friendly Cleaners
Each Lapels Dry Cleaning store offers a full slate of services, including: same-day dry cleaning; shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather processing; box storage and fur storage. Lapels Dry Cleaning has stores in Arizona (Gilbert, Chandler), California (Poway), Colorado (Littleton), Connecticut (Cromwell), Louisiana (Monroe, West Monroe, Delhi, Rayville, Winnsboro), Massachusetts (Abington, Allston, Bedford, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Franklin, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), Mississippi (New Albany), Missouri (Wildwood), New Jersey (Brick, Freehold and Verona), Ohio (Liberty Township), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), Rhode Island (Lincoln); South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach); Texas (Austin, Bee Cave, Brownsville, Cedar Park). Additional locations are coming soon to Jacksonville, FL, Fleming Island, Tampa and Orange Park, FL, Boston Seaport, MA, Scottsdale, AZ, Yuma, AZ, Oxford, MS and Fulton, MS.

Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” identifying Lapels Dry Cleaning as one of today’s top franchise opportunities. Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.

Lapels Dry Cleaning corporate offices are located at 962 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

To learn more about franchise opportunities with Lapels Dry Cleaning, call toll free (866) 695-2735 or email sales@lapelsdrycleaning.com. Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s Web site, www.lapelsdrycleaning.com.