Birmingham’s venerable Douglas Cleaner’s, a part of the local community since 1949, has been sold from its original owners, the Underdown family. Amy and André Douville purchased the two stores, located at 900 N. Old Woodward at Oak, and 1794 W. Maple Road at Chesterfield, June 1, from David Underdown III. Amy said all of the staff, most of whom have been with Douglas for more than 20 years, have remained with them. While neither she nor André had previous experience in the dry cleaning business, in a meant-to-be twist, she said, “My great-grandfather opened 23 dry cleaning stores in Detroit. I grew up fascinated by the lines. My father grew up in the business.” The Douvilles assure customers, new and old, that there is no change in the quality and business model of Douglas Cleaners. “It’s the same great service and customer service,” Amy said. The only change is some aesthetic renovations at both stores, including new furniture, carpet, windows and landscaping at the Oak location, and outside renovations on Maple. “We’re so happy and we’re very lucky. We love getting up to go to work in the morning,” she said. “I hear all the time from customers, and it’s an honor for André and I to own such a well-respected business in the community.”
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