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Jul. 06, 2015 - New Martinizing Dry Cleaning Opens in Fairfax

Customer Convenience is Main Focus with Routes and “bizziebox” Lockers; Grand Opening Festivities July 11-17

Fairfax, VA, July 6, 2015 —Drycleaning customers in northern Virginia now have the ultimate in convenience with the grand opening of Martinizing Dry Cleaning in Fairfax. Offering multiple options for service, the new store is owned by John W. Gray IV, who spent his 20 year career in finance working for multiple Fortune 500 companies before setting out on his own.

“It has always been a goal of mine to own my own business,” said Gray. “I was inspired by my wife who has spent nearly a decade running a successful daycare. After researching many franchises and concepts, Martinizing was the right fit for me. I was a satisfied and loyal customer for many years, and I look forward to creating many memorable experiences for my customers. I firmly believe that reintroducing Martinizing into the northern Virginia market is a great opportunity to meet the demand for high-quality dry cleaning and to build a great business,” Gray added.

To celebrate the store’s grand opening, Gray will host a week-long celebration Saturday, July 11, through Friday, July 17. The festivities include:

  • On Saturday, the 11th, and Sunday, the 12t, Martinizing t-shirts, flying discs and yo-yos will be given to the first 50 customers visiting the store.
  • All week long there will be an opportunity to enter a drawing for a clothes hamper full of nostalgic toys, games, music and movies popular in the 1950s and 60s when Martinizing was a young and emerging brand. The winner will be drawn on Friday the 17th.
  • Along with the weekend giveaways, there will be week-long dry clean specials and FREE ice cream on Wednesday the 15th from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

In addition to traditional in-store service in the Turnpike Shopping Center, Martinizing will offer home/office pick-up and delivery as well as a locker-based delivery option called “bizziebox.”

“Providing route service has been a common way to offer additional convenience for customers,” Gray said. “Now we are going one step further with bizziebox, where we will install lockers in apartment buildings and offices throughout the area. Customers can place their clothes in a locker, we will pick up the order within a day and return it to that locker location. It’s all technology-based, either through our mobile app, text, email or website, and it takes convenience to a whole new level,” said Gray.

“Customers no longer have to worry about getting to the store within certain hours. The bizziebox lockers are open and available whenever it’s convenient for the customer,” Gray noted. “I expect this additional service option to be very popular among today’s always-on-the-go customer.”

The store also will feature environmentally-friendly GreenEarth cleaning, a patented process that uses silicone, an environmentally non-toxic, non-hazardous and extremely gentle alternative process, designed to ensure the best possible result for fabrics and for the environment.

The new 2,400-square-foot store, located at 9558 Main St. Fairfax, VA, will be open Monday through Friday from 7am to 7pm and Saturday from 8am to 5pm. The store’s phone number is (703) 261-6574, and its website is www.martinizing.com.

About Martinizing Dry Cleaning
Celebrating its 65th year as the most experienced garment care provider, Martinizing Dry Cleaning has more than 400 stores worldwide including: U.S., Canada, Ecuador, Peru, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Japan. New stores feature cutting edge customer convenience and “Green” cleaning technologies that are safe for people, clothes, and the environment. Entrepreneur Magazine continues to rank Martinizing as the top dry cleaning franchise. For more information, please visit www.martinizing.com.

Nov. 07, 2014 - The Huntington Company Adds Martinizing to Family of Brands

Market Penetration Exceeds 750 Locations

Berkley, MI, Nov. 07, 2014 — Martinizing International, LLC, an affiliate of The Huntington Company, LLC, a multi-concept franchisor located in Berkley, Mich., has acquired Martinizing, the largest U.S. based franchise drycleaning brand with 422 locations in eight countries including Canada, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan and Peru.

Already the largest provider of mobile drycleaning and laundry services in North America, The Huntington Company and its affiliates’ portfolio of franchise brands that provide textile restoration, drycleaning and laundry services now has more than 750 locations, doubling its number with the addition of Martinizing.

“We are very proud to add one of the oldest and most recognizable names in the drycleaning industry to our family of brands,” said Wayne Wudyka, CEO of The Huntington Company. “To Martinizing, we will bring significant support from our corporate office, comprised of a truly top-notch team of professionals in each department, including IT, sales, operations, marketing, training, legal and accounting.

“We are operators first and foremost, having run multiple drycleaning plants ourselves dating back to 1992, along with highly successful routes and the largest textile restoration division in America. This hands-on experience has served as the genesis for the growth, development and success of our multiple franchise concepts,” added Wudyka. “As a franchisor, we are committed to working with each franchise to implement meaningful tactics and strategies that capitalize on our shared knowledge and expertise.”

Wudyka confirmed that Martinizing will maintain offices in Milford, Ohio, along with its home office located in Berkley, Michigan.

Founded in 1949, Martinizing became a worldwide brand and the largest drycleaning franchisor in the U.S. following the return of George Strike to the family business in 1978. Strike became co-owner of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds in 1981 and was renowned for his community service. Strike passed away in 2012 at age 82.

“George Strike created quite a legacy for this company,” Wudyka said. “While I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Strike, his passion for community involvement and devotion to family, in addition to his business accomplishments, are very admirable, and we look forward to building on all that he was able to achieve.”

Tony Strike, George’s son and Martinizing’s president from 1988-2006, added, “I am very optimistic that my father’s passion and vision will be continued under this new ownership. I firmly believe that Martinizing is in the right hands from a culture and resource standpoint, and I look forward to what The Huntington Company will bring to the organization.”

The addition of Martinizing builds upon The Huntington Company and its affiliates’ recent expansion of retail drycleaning brands including the addition of Pressed 4 Time, a door-to-door pick-up and delivery service, in May and the 2013 launch of bizziebox, a revolutionary drycleaning franchise concept that integrates mobile technology with a locker-based pick-up and delivery service to provide drycleaning and laundry services for tenants of office buildings and residential properties.

In 2012, the 1-800-DryClean franchise system was acquired as the organization’s first retail-oriented drycleaning franchise. The 1-800-DryClean system provides convenient and affordable pick-up and delivery service for neighborhood residents and office workers in 22 states.

Wudyka launched CRDN, the Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network, in 2001, which is the largest franchise network of insurance textile restoration providers in the U.S. Serving the U.S., Canada and the U.K., CRDN restores garments and textiles damaged by fire, smoke, water and other contaminants. With more than 150 franchises and annual sales in excess of $100 million, CRDN is comprised of some of the largest and most prominent drycleaners in North America.

About The Huntington Company and its Affiliates

The Huntington Company and its affiliates are privately held companies located in Berkley, Michigan. The companies that make up the family of brands are Huntington Cleaners & Shirt Laundry, Huntington Woods, Mich.; Huntington Window Fashions, Troy, Mich.; and Wesch Cleaners, Birmingham, Mich.; as well as the 1-800-DryClean, bizziebox, Pressed 4 Time, Martinizing, and Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network franchises. To learn more, visit www.thinkhuntington.com.