Zengeler Cleaners Opens New Suburban Chicago Store

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Four generations of the Zengeler family attended the grand opening celebration at Zengeler Cleaners’ newest store in Northbrook, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Pictured from left are Kristine Zengeler; Adelaide and Elizabeth Mutton; Robert Zengeler Sr.; Oliver Mutton; Charles Tanham; and Tom, Lauren, Robert and Andrew Zengeler. (Photo: Zengeler Cleaners)

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Four generations attend celebration in Northbrook, Ill.

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Zengeler Cleaners recently began serving customers at its new location here in this northern Chicago suburb. The state-of-the art, environmentally friendly facility at 792 Skokie Blvd. features many leading-edge amenities that have proven extremely popular with customers, the company says.

The new facility is just around the corner from Zengeler Cleaners’ previous Dundee Road store.

One of the highlights of opening the store was representation from four generations of the Zengeler family. The company was founded in 1857 by John Zengeler, the great-great-grandfather of Tom Zengeler, the 5th-generation president of the family-owned cleaners.

Representing the 4th generation of the Zengeler family at the opening festivities was Robert Zengeler, Sr., Tom’s father. Also attending were several members of the family’s 6th and 7th generations.

Perhaps the most impressive amenity at the new store, Zengeler Cleaners says, is the Metalprogetti conveyor system, fully automating the cleaning workflow from receiving the order, processing the garments, then sorting, bagging and tagging for pick-up.

The benefit for customers: the ability to pick up orders at their convenience using the store’s 24-hour self-serve kiosk. Equally important, the business adds, is this process provides an extremely efficient cleaning process, assuring that the environment is protected.

“Zengeler Cleaners is extremely proud of both the appearance and functionality of the new store,” says Tom Zengeler. “Our architect collaborated with the Village of Northbrook to assure this beautiful new facility was consistent with our neighbors and with the community as a whole. To achieve that while providing a modern, energy-efficient operation is a tribute to everyone on the team.”

Besides the Northbrook store, the company has seven other stores and eight home pickup and delivery routes in Chicagoland.

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