By Kevin Kavanagh
Bringing their family chain to number five, the Gills of Westport have acquired the old Harney premises in Dunlo St. and have just recently opened the store after an extensive revamp. Frank and his wife Martina came into the Dry Cleaning business in 1980 when the opened their first premises in Westport. Since then they expanded their chain to include Ballina, Dunshaughlin, Castlebar and have grown from the traditional Mom Pop operation to employing 14 fulltime staff. With nearly four decades of business in the sector amassed they are keen to bring their range of services across laundry, dry cleaning, alterations, ironing and indeed specialist key cutting to the area. “We have seen some customer trends in the few years with the moves towards regular laundry and ironing drops from all types of households and customers – reflecting their busy lives” states Frank.
Martina and Frank, who are familiar with the town, were keen to build on the previous formidable business and have hired Bosco Riddell and Nuala Ward (whose maiden name coincidentally is Gill) to staff the premises. Bosco, who is looking forward to meeting old and new customers is quick to remind us that he has over 10 years of skilled key-cutting behind him. As to why they located to Ballinasloe Frank explains “we have been familiar with the town up and down through the years and felt that a unit here would complement our Western operations. When the Dunlo St. premises closed we saw a good opening for our integrated service” states Frank. They understand the different type of customers and understand their needs – from sports squads with jerseys, the bride getting a wedding outfit done, or indeed the Airbnb or B & B customer getting some of their weekly laundry and pressing out of the way. Business hours are 9 am to 6 pm Mon. to Saturday inclusive of lunchtime – if people need to pop out from work with laundry. Theirs is a fast and efficient service and they will be offering fast turnarounds and express on certain items in the new year. “We are looking forward to getting to know old customers and hopefully meeting some new ones also in the months ahead”, states Frank.
For more info on services and special offer check out their web site at www.gillsdrycleaners.ie or phone (090) 9642461
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