Laundry pickup-and-delivery service HappyNest has added a new partner in the Wilmington, Del., market.

“We have been fortunate to partner with very strong laundry operators in the mid-Atlantic region, and Leo Shao will add to that list,” said HappyNest founder John MacKrell. “Leo has built a reputable laundry business in the Wilmington market over the past five years, and we look forward to helping develop and scale his new pickup-and-delivery business under the HappyNest brand. Our expansion into the Delaware market is a natural fit with the business we are doing in Maryland and Virginia, and adding this stretch of the mid-Atlantic will help us market to a wider customer base consisting of nearly six million people.”

Shao owns Lucky Star laundromat in Wilmington, as well as Edgemont Laundromat in Chester, Pa.

“I have been interested in developing my own pickup-and-delivery business, but I wasn’t sure where to begin,” Shao explained. “I am very proud to have been approached and approved by the HappyNest staff. I can’t wait to become a part of their winning team.”

In addition, HappyNest has expanded into the Treasure Coast, Fla., area – servicing Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach and the surrounding region.

“Sunshine Laundry Centers is an ideal partner demographically for us, and from a business perspective, we couldn’t have asked for a better partner,” MacKrell noted. “Tom Rhodes and his team have built an incredible laundry business, maintaining the highest quality standards, while providing excellent customer service. We can’t wait to get started in the Florida market, and with Tom and his staff in place, we know there will be tremendous success and a lot of happy laundry customers.”

Rhodes has been co-owner of Sunshine Laundry Centers for the last 24 years and currently operates seven stores throughout the Treasure Coast.

“As I explored the laundry pickup-and-delivery business for the better part of the last two years, I wasn’t totally convinced it was the right fit for me and my family,” Rhodes said. “However, after meeting with the HappyNest team at the Clean Show in New Orleans, I became intrigued at the opportunity, based on the success they have had over the last six years. I did my research over the past few months and came to realize that pickup and delivery could add significant revenue to my bottom line with little upfront investment.”

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