A Long History

A Long History

Jenkins Cleaners is a family owned business serving the Statesville & Iredell area since 1946.  We are a specialized dry-cleaners that can handle any job; large or small. Please see our Services page for more detailed information.

Please come in and visit with our knowledgeable, friendly staff. You will see that your garments will be handled with the up-most care and professionalism. All orders are double checked to assure what is brought in is given back. 

The Time Line

  • In 1928 G. Flake Jenkins started working for Blakenship Cleaners
  • Mr. Jenkins married Mary Catherine Gibson on September 16, 1932. They were paid a large sum of money to be married as an attraction in a traveling circus.
  • Mr. Jenkins received his WWll draft notice and served in Europe.
  • Upon his return home, Mr. Jenkins used his Veteran’s benefits under the GI Bill to start Jenkins Cleaners.
  • Jenkins Cleaners opened May 27, 1946. The first “shop” was located 1031 West Front Street.
  • In 1959 Jenkins Cleaners moved to Statesville’s now historic Forest Heights Shopping center where a drop store is still located.
  • In 1972 the Jenkins’ sold the business to their daughter and son-in-law, Lee and Helen Hollifield.
  • After college, their son Kevin joined the Cleaners in 1996.
  • July 2000 they purchased larger building in Downtown Statesville.