Originally Published: February 19, 2013 10 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The owners of Colt Cleaners have expanded by opening their third location.
Wes and Cindy Renee Winfree set up shop Jan. 2 at 250 Lee Blvd. in the Shops at Prescott Gateway, near Trader Joe's.
Noting that she and her husband closed one location after severing ties with a franchise, Cindy said. She described the Shops complex as a better location.
"We have three great locations in busy retail centers," she said. She added that it provides convenience to nearby customers who drop off and pick up clothes and other belongings to be laundered or dry-cleaned.
The Winfrees opened their first location about eight years ago in the Fry's shopping center on Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley. A year later, they opened their second one at 3196 Willow Creek Road in Prescott.
Colt Cleaners in Prescott Valley is the only location where laundering and dry-cleaning take place, Cindy said.
The Winfrees have been together more than 20 years, and Wes has worked in the industry for at least 26 years.
Wes said he formerly was in business with his father, also named Wes, when the senior Winfree owned a dry cleaners in Mission Viego, Calif. The senior Wes later moved to Prescott, and opened a Comet cleaners in the Frontier Village shopping center. Son Wes said he bought it about five years ago from his father and mother, Eloise.
Wes handles the back of the business while Cindy does administrative work in front, she said. Cindy previously underwrote real estate loans for several years locally and in Orange County, Calif.
The couple said the laundry side of the business includes dress shirts, slacks and other clothes. They do not have coin-operated machines.
"We use like the best soap available, that you can't get in the grocery stores for the laundry portion," Cindy said. Colt Cleaners also creases shirtsleeves at no additional cost.
Colt Cleaners dry-cleans a variety of garments, including comforters, sleeping bags and tablecloths, Cindy and Wes said.
Cindy said some stains require chemicals to remove them.
Dry-cleaning works when it comes to removing grease and oil stains, while laundering is appropriate for dirt and perspiration, Cindy said.
"Wine stains or gravy - then you would want to have it dry-cleaned, because when you are laundering (with a conventional washing machine), you are not pretreating all the stains," Cindy explained.
Colt Cleaners pretreats collars and cuffs on the laundry side to enable laundry soap to loosen dirt and grease, Cindy said.
She said Colt Cleaners has a three-day turnaround for orders. Besides taking orders from individuals, her business handles hospital scrubs and laundry and dry cleaning for guests at hotels, and offers a discount for law enforcement officers who bring in uniforms.
Cindy said she and her husband have no plans to expand.
"To be honest with you, three locations is enough," she said. "We want to ensure that we give great customer service, quality control. We both spend a lot of time doing quality control.
"It is important to have the experience."
Colt Cleaners maintains the same hours at all three locations: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 445-1865.
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