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Fred Ortiz sells six College Hill Cleaners
06/20/2014 11:06 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Fred Ortiz has sold all of his College Hill Cleaners stores.
"After 39 years, I thought it was just enough dry cleaning for me."
He started in the business working for someone else in 1977 and then opened his own College Hill Cleaners in 1988.
His first store was at 4618 E. Central. At the chain's peak, Ortiz had nine stores, seven of which were on the east side along with ones in Derby and Andover.
Even as he expanded beyond College Hill, Ortiz decided to keep that name.
"I had such a good reputation there at the central location," he says.
Bradley Fair was an early location.
"I was the second tenant at Bradley Fair," Ortiz says.
In the last several years, he downsized to six stores.
"The dry cleaning industry just changed tremendously," Ortiz says.
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