Puritan Cleaners: Pressed for Success

In the late 1970’s Puritan Cleaners President Gary Glover gave up a career in professional volleyball to help run the Arlington based family business when his mother became ill.  In 1980, Glover expanded the company and moved to Richmond.  Today, Puritan’s 13 locations are all in the Richmond area. 

Free home delivery is just one of the many reasons Puritan Cleaners has been named Richmond’s  best dry cleaner for the last 17 years.   Puritan Priority Club service will pick up and drop off your dry cleaning order at your home or place of business.  There is no waiting in line and your account is automatically charged.  The service is offered at the regular in store price. Puritan provides a home delivery bag for your convenience.

Not content just to offer good service, Puritan Cleaners gets involved in the community.  Glover says, “Just trying to help your neighbor, that’s what it’s all about.”  And that’s exactly what Puritan Cleaners does.

Every  November since 1988 Puritan has collected “Coats for Kids” which provides the coats to needy families in the greater Richmond area.  They collect the coats, clean them and then provide them to the Salvation Army for distribution.    Since the program began, Puritan Cleaners has given out more than 300,000 coats.

But for Puritan, it’s not just about providing clothing to the needy.  In April the company partners with the Central Virginia Food Bank to provide 100,000 meals for kids.  Donations are collected at the area locations as well as through home delivery. 

Puritan’s “Thank You Patriot” allows you to write a letter to an active duty military person.  Puritan will forward the letter.  Keeping with the patriotic theme, Puritan will clean your American flag for free.

On their website, they tell the story of Captain Tom Tokartz, a service veteran who belongs to the WWII Round Table of Central Virginia.  Norman Way, Director of Operations at Puritan Cleaners, said “Captain Tokartz had us clean the flag, and then presented it to the WWII Round Table at their forum on the evening of October 14th, where it was used as a backdrop for their speaker that night. He was gracious enough to invite us to come to the forum, and I have to say that we were honored to be there.” The website states that “the program that evening featured a first-hand account of B-29 bombing missions over Germany in 1945 from 2nd Lt. Phil True, who was a navigator on one of the planes.”

Working with the Richmond YMCA, Puritan sponsors “Cinderella Dreams.”  This program provides prom dresses for high school girls.  Before the girls come in to “shop” for their dress, Puritan Cleaners will inspect and clean the gowns.

The economic downturn has affected Puritan Cleaners just like it has businesses across the country.  But rather than cut back on community involvement and services, Puritan has simply offered more.  A special program offers the free cleaning of business suits and clothing so that unemployed customers will be better prepared for interviews.

Puritan Cleaners is a vital part of the Richmond business community.  But they’re also a neighbor and community partner.or area high school girls


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