NextCleaners, the largest eco-friendly dry cleaning and laundry service in the New York City and Northern New Jersey areas, today announced its acquisition of Boomerang NYC assets. The Boomerang acquisition will increase NextCleaners’ already rapidly expanding On-Demand dry cleaning and laundry services throughout New York City and Brooklyn.
Said Kam Saifi, chief executive of Next Cleaners, a chain of about 20 dry cleaners that doesn’t use perc: “This is an industry caught in a negative spiral.”
Pressed for profits
Dry cleaning dates back to the mid-19th century, when it was discovered that camphene, a fuel for oil lamps, was great at removing greasy stains from fabric. Because such fuels are explosive, fire codes confined commercial dry cleaners to the edges of towns. Perc, developed in the 1930s, was a leap forward because it was nonflammable. After World War II, dry cleaners began popping up in residential neighborhoods across the country. There are now 40,000 nationwide, and nearly one in 10 are in New York City...
New, custom-designed cargo tricycles, called “Speedys,” allow for pickup in as little as 30 minutes of receiving customer requests. The service will enable customers to place pickup requests and track order status through the company’s web application or mobile apps, available for download through the Apple Store and Google Play.