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Plant Design Awards—Outstanding Renovation: Fashion Cleaners

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In fall 2012, owner Kermit Engh unveiled Fashion Cleaners’ new look, featuring new tile, counters and paint, along with better branding and higher ceilings. (Photo: Fashion Cleaners)

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The store’s remodeled entrance features a customer drive-thru with car-side service, providing enhanced access and increased safety for customers re-entering traffic. (Photo: Fashion Cleaners)

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Window panels separate production from customer service, allowing customers some insight to the bustle of activity and the number of people it takes to care for their clothes. (Photo: Fashion Cleaners)

Bruce Beggs |

OMAHA, Neb. — Fashion Cleaners unveiled its brand-new lobby, customer drive-thru (with car-side service) and employee break area at its 30th and Leavenworth flagship location in the fall of 2012.

The remodeled entrance provides enhanced access and increased safety for customers re-entering traffic. New tile, counters and paint, along with better branding and higher ceilings, highlight the makeover. Swinging doors with window panels separate production from customer service, allowing customers some insight to the bustle of activity and the number of people—the 7,500-square-foot plant employs 33—it takes to care for their clothes.

A small conveyor for long, hanging items was moved up front and behind a partial wall in check-in for easier CSR access. The management office in the lobby enables the director of customer service to better oversee her team. And customers appreciate the addition of a flatscreen TV and coffee machine.

The production floor—which includes equipment and systems from Union, Permac, Milnor, Sankosha, Hi-Steam, Unipress, Metalprogetti and SPOT—changed significantly with the addition of shirt laundry pressing units. This allowed all production to be handled under one roof and for the production manager to better oversee each department. Large racks for household items were positioned to allow organization and ease of access. The bridal area for hanging and boxing was relocated to allow more space for supplies and packaging.

Services performed here include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, executive shirt service, bridal gown restoration/preservation, leather/suede care, draperies, linens/bedding, fire/water damage restoration, hotel valet, and more. The location generates $60,000 in weekly sales.

Owner Kermit Engh served as architect, with Galvin Design Studio providing interior design.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.

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