Horst, the new owner of Margaret’s, came with
34 years of experience of owning his own large dry
cleaning operation in Ohio. John was a third generation
dry cleaner. It was quite a difference for John after
selling his company in Ohio with 80 employees and
taking over a cleaner with 5 employees. The first
order of business was to develop a dry cleaning facility
on the premises to be able to further control the
quality of work being performed. Within the first
year, Carl and Tina, John’s brother and sister
in-law, moved to San Diego and came to work at Margaret’s.
Both Carl and Tina worked for John in Ohio.
Carl continues to operate the cleaning
facilities at Margaret’s and Tina has since
retired. In 1989 Chuck, John and Barbara’s
son, came to work in the business. With the addition
of these family members the business quickly began
to grow. A pick up and delivery service was added
and soon a new location in Del Mar was added as well. To
enhance the level of quality of services at Margaret’s
Cleaners, the majority of the services provided were
brought in house. The addition of a high quality
shirt laundry and bed and table linen French
Hand Laundry services were immediately well received
for their improved quality.
In 1995 we began to offer our services
to the fine garment retailers of San Diego providing
garment cleaning, restoration, and evaluation. This
part of our business has grown to the point requiring
a full time representative to coordinate and serve
the retailers. Our current list of retailers includes
Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Gianni Versace, Loro Piana, Chanel, Custom Shirt Shop,
Encore, Polo, and Pomegranet, to name a few.
the tradition, John and Barbara's second son Scott
joined the team to lend a hand in future
growth, handling sales for the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills retail stores. Shortly after that Jan, their daughter, joined the family business and handles the bridal department, human resources and more recently, our new Fabricare Restoration division which specializes in smoke and odor damage restoration.
Kearny Mesa Location & Facilities
In late 2008, we opened another location in San Diego in Kearny Mesa just off Highway 52 at Convoy. During 2009 and 2010, construction of our new processing plant took place in that location. It boasts state-of-the-art equipment and many innovative design ideas which were developed along the way. In late 2010 it was ready to go. Several in-house additions have already occured to modify spaces and accomodate expansion. In early 2012, Margaret's won grand prize for best plant design in the Plant of the Year contest, offered by one of the industry's leading magazines, American Dry Cleaner.
maintain the highest quality of our work it is
necessary for us to perform all our processing
within a single facility. Our prize-winning was planned from the ground up with everything in mind to maintain and improve on the quality and variety of our services.
Garde Robe Luxury Wardrobe Storage
One of the additions since the plant opened was to expand our services to include Garde Robe Luxury Wardrobe Storage. This involved addition of a climate-controlled loft for wardrobe storage, as well as the equipment and space to photograph and catalog garments for the on-line customer catalogs.
The Couture Cleaner
In addition, through our joint venture with Hallak Cleaners of New York, Margaret's, through TheCoutureCleaner opened a store in Las Vegas and offers full service pick-up and delivery in that area as well. Visit www.thecouturecleaner.com for more information.