January 08, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEW ALBANY, MS and HANOVER, MA - As an undergrad at Ole Miss, John Stroud combined an old fashioned work ethic with a feathery shooting touch to become the leading scorer in the SEC two years running and the top draft choice of the Houston Rockets. The New Albany resident is hoping the former of those two things pay off again with his latest venture, the opening of a Lapels Dry Cleaning store and plant in his hometown this spring.
Lapels Dry Cleaning is an innovative, environmentally friendly dry cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts. Stroud, owner of John Stroud Insurance Agency, first heard of Lapels when he became frustrated over the lack of dry cleaning options in the area.
"I’m 6’7" and have a lot of my clothes tailor-made to fit me. When you’re paying more for clothes you want to take care of them so they last a while. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of dry cleaners around here. That’s when my entrepreneurial instincts kicked in and I began to do some research and that’s how I discovered Lapels Dry Cleaning," said Stroud. "With its commitment to greener dry cleaning and customer service, I saw an opportunity for a business that would fill a real need in New Albany."
Beyond the cleaning process, Stroud cites the business model and the responsiveness of Lapels Corporate Team for his decision to purchase a Lapels franchise.
"I’m still going to be running my insurance agency coaching my daughter’s basketball team at the high school, so it was important to find an opportunity where I didn’t have to be on-site 24/7," said Stroud. "With the training provided by Lapels and my wife Billye Jean as my partner in the business, I’m very comfortable that this is the perfect business opportunity for us and that the people in my hometown of New Albany are going to love it."
The new Lapels Dry Cleaning store and plant will be located on Bankhead Street in New Albany. Construction for the new building has begun and a spring 2014 opening is projected.
"John and Billye Jean have been wonderful to work with through these beginning stages and very receptive to coaching, which is rather ironic with John being an actual coach," said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning. "Seriously, we are very excited about this new location as it represents the first Lapels Dry Cleaning in the state of Mississippi. Something tells me with John and Billye Jean leading the way, it will not be the only one."
Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning experience for the past dozen years. Using the latest technology in equipment and cleaning solution, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners 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, 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 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 Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit www.mylapels.com.
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, Bedford, Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Cohasset, Dedham, Easton, Framingham, Franklin, Hanover, Marshfield, Natick, Needham, Newtonville, Norton, Quincy, Walpole, Westford, Westwood and Wilmington), 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, Forest Village); Texas (Austin, Brownsville). Additional locations are coming soon to New Albany MS, Cedar Park, TX, Bee Cave, TX and Hingham, MA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information and up-to-date company news can also be found on the company’s Web site, www.lapelsdrycleaning.com.
SOURCE Lapels Dry Cleaning
Steven V. Dubin