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Lapels Dry Cleaning opens location in Tampa, Florida
Lapels Dry Cleaning expanded its reach by opening a new franchise location at 17503
Preserve Walk Lane in Tampa, FL.
The location in Tampa was opened by Burt Ferrer, a graduate of the University of Florida
who previously worked as a manager for Home Depot.
It’s no accident that Ferrer decided that Lapels would be a good fit for him to operate.
“We were looking for a business franchise that had similar values and standards as Home
Depot,” he noted. He will run Lapels with his wife, Gabriella.
“Lapels met that criteria and the environmental angle and sustainability factor really
made this an easy decision for us,” he added.
Lapels has a partnership agreement with GreenEarth Cleaning for its newer locations.
Lapels also enhances its environmentally friendly image by recycling hangers and plastic
garment bags.
Lapels has been expanding its stores nationwide since it was founded in 2000 and first
offered franchising about 15 years ago.
The company’s brand emphasizes a variety of services including: same-day drycleaning;
shirt service; tailoring; shoe repair; wedding gown preservation; suede and leather
processing; box storage and fur storage.
Lapels also offers customers car hop service, free home delivery and the use of a 24-hour
drop off service.
In addition to Florida, Lapels has franchises in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. Additional locations are planned for Braintree, MA,
Boston, MA, Cambridge, MA, Canton, MA and Oxford, MS.
The company,headquartered in Hanover, MA, recently made Entrepreneur’s Franchise
500, ranked 340 in 2016.
For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, visit them at www.mylapels.com.
NCA plans two seminars in Florida
The National Cleaners Association’s 2016 training schedule includes two programs that
will be held in Florida this August and October.
The first seminar will be an offering of the association’s two-day “Basic Pressing and
Finishing” class that will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21.
Students will meet from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. The cost of tuition is $455
for members and $595 for non-members. Platinum members may attend for free.
Later in the year, the association will return to the Sunshine State for a one-day class
scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 23.
The program, “Couture Cleaning and Finishing,” will run for a total of seven hours from
8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Tuition is $250 for members and $350 for non-members. Platinum members may attend
the class for free.
For more information or to sign up for any of NCA’s upcoming classes, visit the
association’s website at www.nca-i.com or contact them directly by calling (212) 967-3002.
NCA’s website also has a full schedule of all of its upcoming 2016 educational programs,
including those being held in New Jersey and New York, as well as information on its joint
conference with the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute known as “Brainstorming and the
Five Stars” set to take place in the Dominican Republic from Jan. 12 to 15 of next year.