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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
A dry cleaning-laundromat business will be constructed on East U.S. 136 near the Grove Street intersection in Rantoul.
Starcrest Cleaners & Laundry will be built just east of the newly remodeled Dairy Queen.
Leo Hermes, president of Hermes Equipment Co., Bloomingon, said his company is developing the site. The dry-cleaning portion of the business will be owned and operated by Starcrest Cleaners and Laundry Group, Champaign. The operator of the laundromat has yet to be determined, Hermes said.
Hermes said a leasing company will own the property and lease it to the operating company. The 2 lots are being purchased from John Bonacorsi of Rantoul.
“It’s a combination store — a full-service dry cleaning and public coin laundry (operation),” Hermes said.
Construction of the building is expected to begin around April 1 with a mid-July projected opening, Hermes said.
He said his company has built from-the-ground-up dry cleaning/laundromats such as the Rantoul business in a number of communities in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri.
Hermes said items dropped off at the Rantoul business will be taken to Champaign for dry-cleaning and will be available to pick up the next day. The business will be open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.
The dry cleaning business/laundromat will employ six, with three in full time positions.
“The coin laundry will be what we consider a current state-of-the-art laundry facility,” Hermes said. “It will feature a combination of large front-load equipment and single-load, top-load equipment.
“The dryers will be a combination of large tumbler-style dryers plus extra-large tumbler-style dryers.”
He said there will be a total of 24 washing machines and 19 dryers.
Another laundromat is in business just north of the site, on Grove Avenue.