One year in service

2017-08-29 06:01
Westgate Laundry has two branches and offer collection and self-service facilities.

Westgate Laundry has two branches and offer collection and self-service facilities.

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After almost a decade, their dream finally became a reality, and this year their business is turning one.

Carlo Knockpaal and his wife Berenice took over an existing laundry that had been operating for more than 17 years at the Engen garage at the entrance of Westgate Mall.

“My wife and I had a dream of starting a laundry business for about nine years. We always made use of the old Westgate Laundromat as it was called then and I always told her that that laundry would be ours one day,” says Carlo.

In 2015, while dropping a load of washing, he joked about his dream to one of the owners and as fate would have it the place was for sale.

“I was shocked by this and called my wife to tell her. We immediately sprung into action to get funding to purchase the business. The former owners ran a successful business but due to their age couldn’t keep up with the times and the laundry needed new life breathed into it,” says Carlo.

After a battle to secure funding, they officially opened the shop on 1 September last year.

“Spring, new beginnings, new growth and Westgate Laundry was born. A change of colour, new working machines, new vibe and new clientele were born too,” he says.

They have created jobs by expanding the business and bringing in new ­partners.

Their aim is to give back to residents by taking care of their “dirty work”.

“We know that a lot of family time is taken up by doing household chores at the weekends and families drift apart by not having family time, spending it together by going out to nice places because washing needs to be done, cleaning the house, etc. That is why we brought new partners into our business,” he says.

“We have thus far also changed the business to a company as we were growing at an alarming rate. In less than a year we opened another laundry in Thornton and are busy with a new laundry at the new mall currently being built.”

Carlo, Berenice, their partners, Desmond and Glynnis Petersen, their families and Westgate Laundry staff thank loyal and new customers for their support throughout the past year.

“[We] promise to always keep up with the times and new trends on how to help us keep your laundry clean and we stick to our motto, ‘Let us do your dirty work’.”

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