Regency Cleaners began business in 1982 at the University Drive location. Locally owned and operated by the Foley family, Regency Cleaners grew to three strong locations by 1994. In 2001, the Foley’s purchased White Star Cleaners and Laundry, a well known, established dry cleaning and Laundromat business with three locations, that has been serving the Durham community since 1930. Working as a team with the great managers and staff of each location, we take pride in serving the Durham community with excellent dry cleaning services and Laundromat facilities.
At Regency and White Star Cleaners, it is our goal to consistently provide our customers with high quality, affordable, quick and environmentally friendly dry cleaning and Laundromat services.
At Regency Cleaners, we believe each of us can make a difference. It’s also our belief that we each can create and nourish efforts for aiding those in need in our community. Over the years, we’ve established a tradition of partnering with community agencies and nonprofits to provide everything from warm coats to essential school supplies to comfy bedding for local children in need. It’s an honor to take part in these charitable services, and we always ask that you, if you are able to do so, join us in these efforts to assist our community.
Here’s a look at a few of the ways in which we give back:
Regency Cleaners collects donations at all our locations for the annual Crayons2Calculators’ (C2C) project, which supports the educational and creative needs of students in Durham Public Schools by providing free school supplies to classroom teachers. C2C was started by Duke University students in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, which aims to motivate and equip students to tackle a pressing social issue in the community.
Regency Cleaners collects blankets and comforters throughout the summer months to be cleaned and packaged and ready for distribution when cold weather arrives. This heavy winter bedding will be used by Urban Ministries of Durham, which connects more than 6,000 people each year to food, shelter and a future.
Kids’ Reading Library
Young readers always want to get their hands on a new book. Knowing that the early stages of literacy development are vital to young minds, we’ve joined with Durham-based Book Harvest to provide our littlest customers with plenty of fantastic titles. All generous donations of books for our reading kids are appreciated.
Coats for the Children
Regency Cleaners partners with WRAL’s Coats for the Children community campaign to support families in need in our community. If you have any gently used coats, hats, and/or gloves, please drop them off at any Regency Cleaner’s locations to be cleaned and donated to local children.
Kayla’s Closet is a local charitable initiative that Regency Cleaners has worked with for years. As you’re cleaning out your closet, don’t toss out your formal dresses. Instead, donate your prom, debutante, and bridesmaid dresses and formal shoes and accessories to Kayla’s Closet. To donate, drop off your gently used formal attire at any of Regency Cleaners’ six locations.
Ronald McDonald House
During the pandemic, Regency Cleaners worked with the Ronald McDonald House of Durham and Wake counties to donate masks. For every mask purchased from Regency Cleaners, we donated a mask to the Ronald McDonald House. Thanks to everyone’s contributions, we donated 80 masks.