The National : APRIL MAY JUNE 2016
One of the real pleasures for me in attending seminars interstate is the opportunity to visit local cleaners. This time around, after the DIA Tasmania Weekend Seminar, I spent an afternoon with Mark and Kristy Husband of Regal Dry Cleaners, at Kings Meadows, a modern company which has serviced Launceston and surrounds for over 70 years. Mark Husband has a family pedigree in drycleaning. Greg Husband, his Dad, has previously owned and operated the successful Daisy Fresh Drycleaners in Launceston, and Mark had naturally worked there after school as a kid ... out the back sorting, on the front counter chatting to customers as he served them, and driving the van. In fact, he remembers going to conferences with his Dad as a little ‘un. (And reading the “National” ... he recalls an ad. with big black cat.) Despite this background and his current success, Mark has not always been a drycleaner. Having completed high school he took on a motor mechanical apprenticeship for a few years. We all know what apprenticeship wages are like, and for extra income Mark worked weekends in food and beverage at Launceston Country Club and Casino. One day he examined his income and realised he could make more in two days at LCCC, wearing a nice uniform and getting generous tips on top of his wage, than he could all week getting greasy at the motor servicing plant. So he discussed working there fulltime. Mark did well at the Club, to the point that his boss suggested he learn the fine art of the croupier at the Crown Casino in Melbourne. He worked at Crown for two years before returning home, at age 23, to work again at Launceston Country Club and Casino. He enjoyed five years at the LCCC before the shift work and nights got to him, and then he went off and sold motor vehicles for four years. When he returned from Melbourne Mark used to drop into Regal Drycleaners and chat with Martyn Gault who often suggested he should have a go at drycleaning and in fact, he should buy Regal. Which he did, and hasn’t looked back. Those years of working with the public have clearly been very beneficial. Martyn Gault, (who was a “Drycleaner of the Year”), stayed on a month with Mark, before heading down the coast to that carefree lifestyle that awaits all 8 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER APRIL MAY JUNE 2016 Kings Meadows, Tasmania Kings Meadows, Tasmania Kristy and Mark having fun at the counter on a busy Monday afternoon.
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