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New Albany coach, former Rebels’ star Stroud opens business

Former Ole Miss basketball star John Stroud, who now coaches the New Albany basketball team, recently opened a new Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise in the city. It’s the first Lapels in Mississippi.

John and Billye Jean Stroud, center, pose with the staff of the brand new Lapels Dry Cleaning of New Albany.

John and Billye Jean Stroud, center, pose with the staff of the brand new Lapels Dry Cleaning of New Albany.

Here’s a press release:

As a professional basketball player and now coach of the high school squad in New Albany, John Stroud knows a thing or two about pressing. As the owner of the new Lapels Dry Cleaning located at 501 West Bankhead in New Albany, he’s expanded that knowledge of presses to include an innovative, environmentally friendly way of dry cleaning clothes. The results of that method were recently on display at the store’s grand opening on July 12.

“Lapels’ commitment to greener dry cleaning and customer service is what drew me and my wife Billye Jean to this opportunity and it’s plain to see that the way we dry clean makes clothes just plain look and feel better,” said Stroud. “We had a great turnout for the grand opening and we hope everybody who couldn’t make it will come on down to see and feel the Lapels Dry Cleaning difference.”

Lapels Dry Cleaning of New Albany opened for business on June 28. Hours for the store are Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm; Saturday 8 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, 12 pm to 3 pm.

Lapels Dry Cleaning of New Albany uses GreenEarth Cleaning Solution to clean garments. GreenEarth represents the dry cleaning industry’s only non-toxic cleaning alternative. GreenEarth silicone’s unique, non-aggressive cleaning solution enables it to penetrate fabrics and remove soils without chemically interfering with the textile fibers themselves, helping to maintain their “like-new” look and feel.

Using the latest technology in equipment, along with the GreenEarth cleaning solution, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners in Mississippi to be able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process.

“We would like to congratulate and welcome John and Billye Jean to the Lapels Dry Cleaning family. We are delighted to have them on board and we know the people of the New Albany area are going to love what Lapels has to offer,” said Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning, which has its corporate headquarters in Hanover, Massachusetts.

Beyond the environmentally friendly cleaning process is Lapels Dry Cleaning’s customer service. Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives, and alteration services.

Lapels offers its customers Automatic Rewards earning them credit towards free dry cleaning for every dollar they spend, Loyalty Programs, a VIP Program which eliminates the need to wait in line and the use of a 24-Hour Drop Off Service. Same day service is also available with pick-up after 5 pm.

For complete information on Lapels Dry Cleaning, please visit

Lapels Dry Cleaning has been ranked in Entrepreneur’s 26th Annual “Franchise 500” as well as Entrepreneur’s “Top 50 New Franchises,” identifying Lapels Dry Cleaning as one of today’s top franchise opportunities. Entrepreneur’s “Franchise 500” is the best and most comprehensive rating of franchises in the world and is based on objective, quantifiable measures of a franchise operation.

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