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By DAVE HINTON
Rantoul Press editor
A new laundry has opened in Rantoul.
Cleaners Express opened Friday on East U.S. 136 near the Grove Street intersection.
The business is owned by Travis and Sarah Uden of rural Paxton. Sarah Uden will manage the business, which is housed in a new 2,600-square-foot building.
It will employ four people — two of them full time.
Store hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
The business includes 41 coin laundry machines, including washers and dryers, with a mixture of small, medium and large washers. Dryers are a combination of large tumbler-style dryers plus extra-large tumbler-style dryers.
The Udens own the coin-laundry portion of the business and are partners with Starcrest in the dry-cleaning business. Starcrest owns the property.
Sarah Uden said dry-cleaned items brought to the store by 10 a.m. will be available the following day by 1 p.m. The items will be dry-cleaned at the Starcrest Cleaners facility on Windsor Road in Champaign.
Sarah Uden said the idea of going into the laundry business was her husband’s, who is a brick mason.
“We’re excited about doing it,” he said. “It’s a big investment for Rantoul.”
A park will be developed near the business, which also sits next to the new Dairy Queen. If playgrounds or sweets aren’t to your liking, the laundry is equipped with four television sets.
Leo Hermes, president of Hermes Equipment Co., Bloomington, developed the site.
Hermes said last week that his company has developed about 140 similar projects in Illinois, Indiana and Missouri, during the last 37 years.
He lauded the assistance of the village of Rantoul, which he said has been the most cooperative he has worked with in getting a project going.
“Clearly, the Rantoul municipal people, from the building safety people to the zoning people have been outstanding to work with,” Hermes said.