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The Cleaners of Sumter opening in March in former Salvation Army building on Main

BY BRUCE MILLS bruce@theitem.com
Posted 1/29/20

Father-and-son team John and Lee Capotosti have hit the ground running with opening a new dry cleaners and laundry-service business in Sumter on North Main Street near the United States Post Office.

Both spoke Tuesday on their long history in the …

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The Cleaners of Sumter opening in March in former Salvation Army building on Main

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Father-and-son team John and Lee Capotosti have hit the ground running with opening a new dry cleaners and laundry-service business in Sumter on North Main Street near the United States Post Office.

Both spoke Tuesday on their long history in the business and the construction and planned opening of a full-service processing center at 330 N. Main St. in the former Salvation Army building.

Lee Capotosti will be the business owner, and the establishment will be called The Cleaners of Sumter, his father said. The store will open at the beginning of March, John Capotosti said.

The elder Capotosti has 39 years of experience in the dry-cleaning business in Florence with Cappi's Cleaners and The Martinizing. Lee Capotosti has 22 years of industry experience and was most recently in the U.S. Army.

The new business will use only environmentally safe cleaning products and will cater to everyone, John Capotosti said, with "affordable prices for everybody."

The family is putting $1 million of equipment into the 6,000-square-foot processing center, including three commercial dry-cleaning machines and five washing machines.

The Capotostis were planning to enter the Sumter market by buying out another cleaner in town, but the deal fell through, John Capotosti said.

When it opens, The Cleaners of Sumter will have about 12 employees on staff and two independent seamstresses in house. It will be open six days per week.

The father-and-son team say the business is fun and they enjoy providing outstanding service with a smile.

"Something different that we do," Capotosti said, "is if you bring your pants in and your hem falls out, it's going to be fixed. We don't just send it back out to you. We do all repairs on anything and everything. If it comes in, and you have a hole in your shirt, our seamstresses stop, and we do everything the same day. If you have any alterations that have to be done to your clothes, they are going to be done when you pick it up with a very small fee."

The Cleaners of Sumter will also be adding two pickup stores soon after the March opening, Capotosti said. One is planned for Miller Road and the other for West Liberty Street.