Panda Dry Cleaners LLC Announces Grand Opening of Tide Dry Cleaners® in Phoenix

Village of Ahwatukee Franchise Aims to “Change Dry Cleaning for Good”

PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Panda Dry Cleaners LLC (PDC), in collaboration with Procter & Gamble (P&G), is bringing industry-leading innovation and breakthrough cleaning technology to its customers with the Grand Opening of its newest Tide Dry Cleaners® store, at 3956 East Chandler Boulevard in the Village of Ahwatukee. This location is the first to open in Arizona, and is the second Tide Dry Cleaners franchise opened under Panda Dry Cleaners LLC.

“Tide has been a leading innovator in fabric care since its introduction in 1946. Consumers have told us they want more from their dry cleaning experience, and we are thrilled to bring this innovation to Phoenix-area residents as we look to continue to Change Dry Cleaning for Good.”

“We are very excited to welcome Tide Dry Cleaners to our area,” says City of Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio. “Not only will this bring much-needed jobs and economic growth to our region, but with the backing and support of both Procter & Gamble and the Panda team, we are also looking forward to working closely with the store to become an integral partner and contributor within our growing community.”

The new Phoenix-area location hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, February 21st, with city officials, members of the local media, and other invited guests. The new store also offered Free Dry Cleaning for local residents on Tuesday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 22nd, with strong initial response and interest from the greater Phoenix community.

As part of the two-day celebration, Panda Dry Cleaners and P&G also celebrated and promoted their partnership with the local non-profit Dress for Success® Phoenix, who had staff members on site accepting donations of clean, gently-used business or business casual garments for disadvantaged women who are returning to or entering the workplace. “With our store opening here in Phoenix, we’re excited to be able to give back locally through our partnership with Dress for Success,” said Mark Tarzian, Chief Operating Officer, Panda Dry Cleaning LLC. Customers can drop off their donations to the Phoenix-area Tide Dry Cleaners store at any time during normal business hours. "We at Dress for Success Phoenix are thrilled to have a partnership with Tide Dry Cleaners that allows our organization to make it convenient for the community to donate,” said Lisa Doromal, Founder and Executive Director, Dress for Success Phoenix.

Tide Dry Cleaners customers can enjoy many unique features, including the convenience of drive-thru concierge services, and access to the “Tide Anytime” Program, allowing 24-hour pick-up and drop-off. Through its partnership with GreenEarth®, and utilization of other Tide® and Procter & Gamble fabric care cleaning solutions for wet and dry cleaning, Tide Dry Cleaners offers amazing cleaning for a wide range of garments and textiles. “We are very excited to bring our customers in the Phoenix area a new experience in dry cleaning, providing excellent personalized customer service, a superior cleaning performance that delivers outstanding clothing appearance with numerous consumer benefits,” said Tarzian.

The franchising and service industry supports Procter & Gamble’s strategy of focusing on and growing its core brands. Services enable the Company to touch more consumers’ lives, more completely, with a solution that consumers are looking for and need. Procter & Gamble’s franchising and service business, which includes Tide Dry Cleaners, is being led by Agile Pursuits Franchising Inc. (APFI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of P&G.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Panda Dry Cleaners LLC, and it is great to help them celebrate the opening of their second Tide Dry Cleaners location,” says Jeff Wampler, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Agile Pursuits Franchising, Inc. “Tide has been a leading innovator in fabric care since its introduction in 1946. Consumers have told us they want more from their dry cleaning experience, and we are thrilled to bring this innovation to Phoenix-area residents as we look to continue to Change Dry Cleaning for Good.”

About Tide Dry Cleaners®

For 65 years, Tide laundry detergent has been caring for the clothes of American families and helping to provide the everyday miracle of clean clothing. Tide Dry Cleaners is an innovative extension to the Tide brand, allowing us to provide a superior service that consumers both want and need. We are now growing and expanding this business across the United States through individual entrepreneurs and franchisees. For more information on the Tide Dry Cleaners business, or to learn more about exciting franchising opportunities, please visit: http://www.tidedrycleaners.com.

About Procter & Gamble

P&G touches and improves the lives of about 4.4 billion people around the world with its portfolio of trusted, quality brands. The Company's leadership brands include Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Pringles®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, and Ambi Pur®. With operations in about 80 countries, P&G brands are available in more than 180 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About GreenEarth® Cleaning

GreenEarth® was founded in 1999 by three industry-renowned dry cleaners, Jim Barry, Ron Benjamin, and Jim Douglas. GreenEarth technology is licensed by more than 1,300 dry cleaners worldwide. For more information, visit www.greenearthcleaning.com.

Contacts:

Procter & Gamble
Ross Holthouse
513-780-0182
holthouse.rh@pg.com

Panda Dry Cleaners LLC
Thien Ho
626-372-8478
Thien.Ho@PandaRG.com

Stephen Gregg
949-261-2216
steve@mmpr.biz

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