Clean bill of health for new Calne 'community' business

Helena and Paul Dunn at the new launderette

Helena and Paul Dunn at the new launderette

First published in News

Calne businesswoman Helena Dunn opened a laundrette with a difference on Sunday.

The laundrette, based at The Strand, is Mrs Dunn’s second business after she set up FMW Recycling, based in Wotton Bassett, with her husband Paul five years ago.

Since then the company, which carries out large multinational contracts for electronic waste recycling, has become self-sufficient.

The couple, who live in Shelburne Road, have started their second business right in Calne’s town centre where they hope to become a community hub for residents.

The laundrette, housing five large washing machines and dryers, will be brightly coloured and have wi-fi and a coffee machine available.

It will offer washing and ironing services, as well as alterations, duvet washing, and bespoke washing for hair salons, beauty salons, care homes and hotels.

To get the laundrette ready Mrs Dunn used local suppliers, including Kevin Wells of Goldmans Interiors, local builder Tom Davis of T David Buildings and Jamie and Jenni of JJ Signs and Designs.

Mrs Dunnsaid she has received positive feedback after consulting local businesses.

It has been a lifelong dream for her to open a laundrette as she used to enjoy going to the local laundrette in Islington, London, with her mum when she was a child.

Mrs Dunn said: “I’ve always wanted a laundrette since I was seven. I just remember going in my mum’s pushchair and loving the smell and the sense of community there. It was like a day out for me.”

The laundrette will open from 9am to 6pm every day except for Sunday.

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1:33pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Grumpy of Calne. says...

I hope they do well, but I just can't see it working in Calne. We had a laundrette in Calne, that's gone!
I hope they do well, but I just can't see it working in Calne. We had a laundrette in Calne, that's gone! Grumpy of Calne.
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7:00pm Tue 12 Feb 13

freddie_W says...

Most people own an automatic washing machine and a tumble dryer now dont they!
Most people own an automatic washing machine and a tumble dryer now dont they! freddie_W
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7:00pm Tue 12 Feb 13

tony montana says...

Grumpy of Calne. wrote:
I hope they do well, but I just can't see it working in Calne. We had a laundrette in Calne, that's gone!
Just like you couldn't see Costa working in calne hey Grumpy !!!!

Gotta love your negative attitude to everything !!!
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy of Calne.[/bold] wrote: I hope they do well, but I just can't see it working in Calne. We had a laundrette in Calne, that's gone![/p][/quote]Just like you couldn't see Costa working in calne hey Grumpy !!!! Gotta love your negative attitude to everything !!! tony montana
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2:42am Wed 13 Feb 13

Phorever says...

freddie_W wrote:
Most people own an automatic washing machine and a tumble dryer now dont they!
My washing machine and drier isn't big enough for quilts.
I hope they do well. Makes a change from Charity shops and coffee shops.
[quote][p][bold]freddie_W[/bold] wrote: Most people own an automatic washing machine and a tumble dryer now dont they![/p][/quote]My washing machine and drier isn't big enough for quilts. I hope they do well. Makes a change from Charity shops and coffee shops. Phorever
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9:37pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Grumpy of Calne. says...

Phorever wrote:
freddie_W wrote:
Most people own an automatic washing machine and a tumble dryer now dont they!
My washing machine and drier isn't big enough for quilts.
I hope they do well. Makes a change from Charity shops and coffee shops.
True, never thought about quilts etc. I hope they succeed, never know when we'll need them.
[quote][p][bold]Phorever[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freddie_W[/bold] wrote: Most people own an automatic washing machine and a tumble dryer now dont they![/p][/quote]My washing machine and drier isn't big enough for quilts. I hope they do well. Makes a change from Charity shops and coffee shops.[/p][/quote]True, never thought about quilts etc. I hope they succeed, never know when we'll need them. Grumpy of Calne.
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10:06pm Sat 16 Feb 13

well oill beef hooked says...

Brilliant for quilts and large blankets.Also handy if you just come back from camping. It is nice to see another shop in Calne other than coffee and charity shops.All the best,
Brilliant for quilts and large blankets.Also handy if you just come back from camping. It is nice to see another shop in Calne other than coffee and charity shops.All the best, well oill beef hooked
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10:00pm Mon 18 Feb 13

thelittlemorgan says...

If they were able to do dry cleaning of work clothes and heel repairs they would make a fortune.
If they were able to do dry cleaning of work clothes and heel repairs they would make a fortune. thelittlemorgan
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