Lapels Dry Cleaning to open first international location in Qatar

The future of dry cleaning comes to Qatar. 

August 25, 2015 // // HANOVER, MA and QATAR - Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, announced agreement with the Bani Hashim Trading Company to open 10 dry cleaning stores and one dry cleaning plant in Qatar. The initial dry cleaning plant will open in early 2016.

As part of the agreement, the Bani Hashim Trading Company will act as Lapels Dry Cleaning’s Master Franchisor in Qatar and will look to sell franchisee licenses in the country.

“We’ve long wanted to bring the Lapels Dry Cleaning to the world stage and the opportunity in Qatar was a very good fit,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning and author of Entrepreneurial Insanity in the Dry Cleaning Business. “Bani Hashim has an impeccable reputation in the franchise industry in Qatar and we could not ask for a better partner in bringing the Lapels brand overseas.”

The Bani Hashim Trading Company is a franchisor of Real Madrid Official Stores in Qatar and will open its first location on the Pearl Qatar at the end of 2015. The company is also the licensee in Qatar for So Jennie, a luxury, non-alcoholic champagne sold in first- and business-Class flights and lounge of Qatar Airways, as well as in many 4- and 5-star hotels in Qatar. Bani Hashim is also planning to open and franchise So Jennie Cafes to promote the beverage. The first café is scheduled to open in early 2016.

“We found the Lapels franchise model to be very much in line with our approach to franchising our other enterprises,” said Shari Chaitram, retail division manager of the Bani Hashim Trading Company. “People in Qatar, especially executives, are particular about their clothes. We foresee the Lapels approach to dry cleaning and service to be very popular with this demographic.”

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. 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.

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit To learn more about Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise opportunities overseas, call toll free (866) 695-2735 or email

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, Kingston, Marshfield, Martha’s Vineyard, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Wellesley, Westwood and Wilmington), Mississippi (New Albany, Pontotoc, Tupelo), Missouri (Wildwood), New Jersey (Brick), Ohio (Liberty Township), Oklahoma (Edmond, Oklahoma City), Pennsylvania (Bloomsburg), Rhode Island (Lincoln); South Carolina (Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island), Texas ( Bee Cave, Brownsville,). Additional locations are coming soon to Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Tampa and Orange Park, FL, Waltham and Wakefield, MA; Rochester Hills and West Bloomfield MI; Phoenix, 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

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 Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s Web site,

SOURCE Lapels Dry Cleaning


Steven V. Dubin
(781) 582-1061



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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.


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