Lapels Dry Cleaning redefines “The Future of Dry Cleaning” with operational improvements and new technologies

Lapels Dry Cleaning's new technologies
Lapels incorporates new technologies for franchise owners

HANOVER, MA…

For its commitment to green practices and more efficient operations, Lapels Dry Cleaning has earned its signature line as ‘the future of dry cleaning’. With its latest series of technology and operational improvements, however, Lapels Dry Cleaning has demonstrated the future is now.

“I grew up in the restaurant and hospitality business where you have to continually improve workflow and efficiency in order to stay ahead of increasing costs. I brought that same mentality to the dry cleaning industry,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning and co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business. “For decades this industry saw little to no change in technology – and now what is happening is so exciting.”

Made exclusively for Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise owners, the new dry cleaning machine combines the world’s only non-hazardous cleaning solution with the most efficient run time in the industry.  Unlike most other dry cleaning processes, the new machine heats the solvent, which reduces dry times. The new dry cleaning machine also features an onboard computer to provide maximum efficiency in programming and operation.

“The combination of new equipment, improved programming through trial and error and heating the dry cleaning solvent has resulted in a 53-minute dry time, a reduction in more than 20 percent from where we were,” said Dubois. “That improvement translates into a faster turnaround time, which improves the customer experience and increases retention.”

Adds Dubois, “The beauty of these improvements is how much it benefits our franchise owners as well. With a more efficient dry time, they can clean more clothes, making them more profitable.”

In addition to operational improvements, Lapels has introduced technology to improve the customer experience as well. In 2014, Lapels made a smart phone app available to its customers. The app enables customers to schedule deliveries and pickups, notify the store that they are on their way in and view their receipts as well as a number of other functions.

“A huge part of being greener is to use less energy—electricity, gas for your vehicle,” said Dubois. “The technology improvements we have made make it faster for clothes to be cleaned and make it more efficient for customers to receive their clothes. And that’s a scenario where we all win.”

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.

A Louisiana purchase. Lapels franchisee acquires Hawthorne’s Cleaners locations in Delhi, Rayville and Winnsboro, LA

Tap Parker
Tap Parker

DELHI, LA, RAYVILLE, LA, WINNSBORO, LA and HANOVER, MA …

Lapels Dry Cleaning recently announced the addition of three new Lapels Dry Cleaning locations in the state of Louisiana in the communities of Delhi, Rayville and Winnsboro. The three new locations, previously Hawthorne’s cleaners, were acquired by Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise owner Tap Parker.

“We’re thrilled with the acquisition of the three new locations,” said Parker, who also owns Lapels Dry Cleaning stores in Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana. “The Lapels brand of service and environmentally friendly cleaning methods have been very well received in other parts of Louisiana. Based on the initial reaction, we’re pretty sure customers in northern Louisiana will be just as pleased.”

The acquisition of Hawthorne’s Dry Cleaners became official on April 6. The new Lapels Dry Cleaners are located at:

  • Lapels Dry Cleaners of Delhi, LA – 848 Broadway Street, 318-878-5514
  • Lapels Dry Cleaners of Rayville, LA – 1944 Jasper Street, 318-728-5407
  • Lapels Dry Cleaners of Winnsboro, LA – 5-C Fair Avenue, 318-435-3684

“Tap has done a great job with the Lapels Dry Cleaners locations in Monroe. We look forward to supporting his efforts with these three new locations,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, Inc.

Over the past dozen years, Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning methods. Using the latest technology in equipment and cleaning solution, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners around to be 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. At Lapels you can see, feel and smell the difference.

Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives. Offsite tailoring services are available.

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 and the use of a 24 Hour Drop Off Service. Same day service is also available with pick-up after 5 pm.

For complete information on the 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, Boston Seaport, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Franklin, Hanover, Hingham, Marshfield, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), Mississippi (New Albany, Tupelo), 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, Martha’s Vineyard and Waltham, MA, Yuma, AZ, and Oxford, MS.

Lapels Dry Cleaning has received a number of accolades in the franchise world. That includes being ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” 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 has also achieved acclaim in the dry cleaning industry. Lapels Dry Cleaning CEO Kevin Dubois is the co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business sold on Amazon.com.

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.

Clean reading. Lapels Dry Cleaning CEO co-authors Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business.

Kevin Dubois, a Scituate resident and CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, recently co-authored Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business with Roger McManus.
Kevin Dubois, a Scituate resident and CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, recently co-authored Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business with Roger McManus.

DATELINE:  HANOVER, MA…

Over the past decade, Lapels Dry Cleaning CEO Kevin Dubois has trained dozens of new and existing dry cleaning franchise owners. During that time, Entrepreneur magazine named Lapels Dry Cleaning one of the “Top 50 New Franchises”.  In Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, Dubois and co-author Roger McManus have created a road map for current and prospective dry cleaners to achieve a greater level of success in an industry that, arguably, has produced more millionaires than any other.

“What we’ve found in training Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise owners is there are certain skills you can learn to successfully run a dry cleaning business, regardless of what you previously have done,” said Dubois. “I always thought it would make for a good book. Fortunately, I met Roger and he agreed.”

Roger McManus is the author of Entrepreneurial Insanity: When Doing the Same Things Do Not Produce Different Results and co-author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Restaurant Business, Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Sign Business, and Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Tire Industry.

“Can your business operate without you being there or do you have to be on the clock 24/7? Many people dream of owning their own business but it ends up with the business owning them,” said McManus. “This book provides time-tested solutions on how to be a dry cleaning entrepreneur as opposed to a dry cleaning store owner—the book will show you the difference.”

Chapters include: Are You the Doer, the Overseer or the Entrepreneur?; What Are Your

“Anti-Success” Forces?; What Should You Hire You to Do?; How Do You Pick a Winning Team?; If You Aren’t There, Who’s Watching “The Store”?; So, What Will You Do With All This Free Time?; I Understand It, but What Do I DO?; and more. 

Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business is available in paperback and sells for $19.95. Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business is also available as a Kindle book for $9.99.

For additional information on Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business, visit www.thedrycleaningbusiness.biz. 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 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.