Sil­ver lin­ing to clo­sure of the only drive-through dryclean­ers in town

The Gympie Times - - BETTER BUSINESS - DONNA JONES [email protected]­etimes.com

GYMPIE may have lost the only drive-through dryclean­ing busi­ness in town, but we haven’t lost ac­cess to the dryclean­ing ser­vice be­hind it.

Jo Dalzell, owner of Bud­erim Dryclean­ers and the Gympie branch, said the de­ci­sion to close the drive-through shop in Mon­k­land St (called Ace Laun­dry Ser­vices) was driven by eco­nomic fac­tors, but there was a sil­ver lin­ing to that clo­sure.

For­mer em­ployee of Ace Laun­dry Ser­vices, Jen­nifer Scott, at the Gympie Clothes Hos­pi­tal, is now an agent for the busi­ness.

“Jen­nifer was a beaut per­son to work with and if she had been look­ing for a job again, we would have had her back in a heart­beat. When we found out she was open­ing up the clothes hos­pi­tal, we saw that as a great op­por­tu­nity,” Ms Dalzell said.

Now that Gympie Clothes Hos­pi­tal at 29 Mary St is the agent, Ms Dalzell said the ser­vice was avail­able for longer hours and could of­fer cus­tomers a mend­ing ser­vice and a faster turn­around, through Ms Scott’s busi­ness.

Ms Dalzell, who has been in the dryclean­ing in­dus­try on the coast for nearly 39 years, said she “fell into” the fam­ily busi­ness.

Bud­erim Dryclean­ers has be­come a trusted name and Ms Dalzell her­self has won in­dus­try awards and was asked to teach trainees in Mooloolaba.

The Gympie branch of her busi­ness closed on De­cem­ber 14 and Ms Dalzell said any re­cent dry-clean­ing still re­quir­ing pick-up should be at Gympie Clothes Hos­pi­tal.

Any­thing that had been left for longer than a cou­ple of months was now be­ing stored at her Cur­rimundi fa­cil­ity which cus­tomers could con­tact di­rectly on 5445 6627 to have their gar­ments sent to the clothes hos­pi­tal for pick-up.

Photo: Roz Kirby

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Jo Dalzell of Bud­erim Dryclean­ers said while it was sad she had to close Ace Laun­dry Ser­vices in Mon­k­land St, its new agent in town is also a trusted for­mer em­ployee, and that’s a bonus for cus­tomers.

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