Workers and residents in downtown and south Colorado Springs now have another option for dry cleaning their clothes – Pressed4Time, a franchise owned and operated by former Sky Sox pitcher Scott Randall.
Randall bought the franchise in October, and said business has been successful, but there is room for growth.
“I have plenty of routes still available,” he said. “I hope to really grow the business. Everyone who uses it loves it – it really saves time.”
Pressed4Time picks up clothes that need to be dry cleaned and drops them off at a designated location. Clients don’t have to worry about getting to the cleaner at a certain time.
Randall bought the franchise after retiring from baseball. He pitched for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Cincinnati Reds.
“I needed something I could step right into,” he said. “And this is a perfect fit. I wanted to be out, doing things. I wanted to meet people, and I’ve met some really great people. It’s been very successful so far.”
Pressed4Time was established in 1987 and is the nation’s largest dry cleaning pick up and delivery service franchise. The company has more than 160 operations in 34 states and four countries.
The nation’s largest distributor of office supplies has agreed to provide special pricing and services to Goodwill Industries’ 205 independent agencies and 1,900 retail stores.
Goodwill, which provides job training and career programs, will be allowed to use OfficeMax Print and Document Services’ range of high-tech digital print and copy service. The deal also allows Goodwill to manage and distribute documents using OfficeMax’s Document Express.
“We are proud to continue providing Goodwill with an exceptional level of service,” said Michael Rowsey, OfficeMax president, contract division. “Our growing relationship is a positive reflection of the track record we’ve built by supplying quality products and services, strong customer service, next-day delivery and competitive pricing.”
OfficeMax began providing office products and services to Goodwill agencies in April. The expanded program adds OfficeMax’s Print and Document Services to the list.
“Working with OfficeMax helps us save valuable time and money,” said Rick Nelson, manager of member purchasing for Goodwill. “Having all our printing and copying services done with OfficeMax boosts our efficiency and enhances our ability to provide quality career services that help people find good jobs, earn a paycheck and support their families.”
Goodwill Industries International, through a network of 205 independent, community-based organizations, provides job training and career programs to people with disabilities, welfare recipients and others seeking work.
My Wireless has opened a fourth location in Colorado Springs at 6558 S. Academy Blvd. in the Cheyenne Montana Shopping Center, bringing the number of franchises in the city to four.
My Wireless Inc. owns and operates Verizon Wireless retail stores in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The company has opened eight stores in the past year, according to its Web site.
The holiday season extended into January for many retailers, as consumers flooded the stores with gift cards in-hand to take advantage of clearance sales. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales for January increased 7.6 percent compared to last year and rose 2 percent seasonally adjusted compared to December.
“The spectacular growth we saw in January was an unexpected surprise for the industry,” said NRF Chief Economist Rosalind Wells. “While our 2006 outlook for the retail industry remains cautious, consumers responded well to the popularity of gift cards, mild winter weather and aggressive clearance sales. We expect to see a continuation of the heavily promotional environment.”
January figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department show that retail sales rose 2.3 percent seasonally adjusted from December and increased 8.9 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
There was strong year-over-year sales growth across most retail categories in January. The impressive showing came from building material and garden equipment and supply dealers. Consumers are not quite finished investing in their homes, as sales in this category increased 17.6 percent year-over-year. Furniture and home furnishing stores also showed strong gains. Sales were up 9.5 percent from January 2005.
Additionally, strong year-over-year gains were seen at clothing and clothing accessories’ stores (9.7 percent), health and personal care stores (8.1 percent) and sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores (6.5 percent).
The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution, including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet and independent stores; chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores, as well as the industry’s key trading partners of retail goods and services. NRF represents an industry with more than 1.4 million U.S. retail establishments.
Amy Gillentine covers the retail industry for the Colorado Springs Business Journal.