ELLWOOD CITY — A former Franklin Township business has moved to the borough.
Country Club Cleaners opened in late October at 311 Fifth St. in Ellwood City. Owners Jamal Soubra and his wife, Janine, say they are happy to be part of the business community.
Jamal Soubra said they bought the business that was located not far from the Connoquenessing Country Club on Route 65 from Frank Jeanetti and kept the name when they moved it to Ellwood City. They also own dry-cleaning businesses in New Castle and Poland, Ohio.
“The best part of being in business is meeting people and getting to know them. At the other stores, I know most people by name and hopefully I will know people here, too,” Soubra said.
“I am the first member of my family born in this country,” he said. “My mother is Italian and my father is Lebanese.”
Born and raised in New Castle, Soubra graduated in 1994 from New Castle High School, where he played football. After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Soubra received a masters degree in accounting from Geneva College. In 2009, Soubra got into the dry-cleaning business when an uncle who had been in the business retired. He has continued to expand his business interests since.
The store in Ellwood City is a drop-off and pick-up center. All the items are processed in New Castle and there is a two-day turn around.
“We are 90 percent eco-friendly. We do wet cleaning with organic compounds. We don’t use the environmentally hazardous materials,” Soubra said.
Country Club Cleaners offers complete cleaning services including fur, suede, coats, hats, sweaters and UGG boots. For Lawrence and Beaver counties, the business does pickup and delivery to homes and offices. It also does shoe and purse repair, including zippers.
Its special service for window treatments includes coming to the home, taking them down, cleaning and putting them back up. It also does wash-and-fold laundry with pickup and delivery every Tuesday for $1.10 per pound.
“We offer a 15 percent discount to all city, county, school district employees and veterans and senior citizens,” Soubra said.
Country Club Cleaners also is a drop-off site for people who want to donate coats and blankets to the Beaver County Women’s Shelter, the Salvation Army and Patches Place, a family support and resource center that serves Lawrence County.
From the Ellwood City Ledger