By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer
(Feb. 6, 2020) Peninsula Cleaners has moved from Williams Street in Berlin to the Berlin Shopping Center on Old Ocean City Blvd.
The company, which has operated for 45 years and has six locations, had taken over Venable Cleaners in 2018.
“We had a lot of our service being appreciated in the community and our business was doing well,” Nick Kypreos, a partner in Peninsula Cleaners, said. “We gained back all the customers that [Venable Cleaners] lost.”
The Venable Cleaners company, which opened in 1924, nearly shuttered all of its locations for financial reasons.
Peninsula Cleaners was told in December to find a new location after the property was sold to Burbage Funeral Home owner Kirk Burbage, who wants to renovate the building.
“They called me up and said, ‘We’d like to renovate this space. When would it make sense to renovate?’ I said normally in the winter, because when business is slow, you can make some renovations,” Kypreos said. “The place is really old; it’s got a leaky roof … a lot of things need to be addressed.”
Clothes will continue to be cleaned at the company’s plant in Seaford, Delaware. Additional services offered in Berlin include shoe repairs, tuxedo rentals and alterations, as well as drape, rug, linen and tablecloth cleaning. Peninsula Cleaners also offers a free pickup and delivery service as well. This service is extended throughout Worcester County.
The store, which opened last Monday, will continue to run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and offer the same services it did at the Williams Street location.
“Nothing changes,” Kypreos said. “We have the same people, we have the same quality, the same service, the same hours, only the location is different.”
The new location also has a long-term lease, he added, saying the store would not be going anywhere anytime soon.
For more information about Peninsula Cleaners, visit www.peninsulacleaners.com or call the Berlin store at 443-513-4715.