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5 Points Cleaners settles in at new location

By: Carah Jones

Editorial Intern 

Since 2004, 5 Points Cleaners has been a trusted dry cleaning service located at the corner of East College Street and South Scott Street. After Hurricane Micheal swept through town and damaged the original building, owners Rick and Karen Ragan made the decision to move the business to a new location, but only a couple of blocks down the road. Now located in the Scott Street Plaza, the new and improved 5 Points Cleaners is open and ready for business.

The Ragans have owned and operated 5 Points Cleaners for the past twelve years, since they bought the business from its former owner in October of 2008. On May 11, the Ragans opened the doors to the new location at 521 S Scott St. Rick admits that although the move from their original building was stressful, they are really pleased with the new location.

“The space is, for who we are and what we are, almost perfect,” said Rick. “We are excited to be here.”

When walking into the new and spacious building, the first thing that catches the eye is a mural depicting an image of the easy to recognize old 5 Points Cleaners building. Rick said that the pen and ink drawing was originally done by Ed White in 2004, and was magnified to fit the size of the wall.

At the new location, 5 Points Cleaners is now able to offer a drive-through service. There is a door located on the side of the building that allows for a more convenient way to drop off and pick up clothes items. The drive-through option was not available at the old building, and Rick said that it has already proven to be more of a convenience for customers. Soon, there will be an awning built over the door to provide more shade and protection for the drive-through area.

When asked if there are any downsides to the new location, Rick pondered for a second before expressing that he will miss the three Coke machines that were on the outside of the old building. According to the Coke distribution company, those Coke machines sold more inventory than any other machines in Bainbridge.

“The reason why that is a big negative for me,” said Rick, “is that the commission I made from the Coke sales are what paid for my Georgia football season tickets.” 

Beyond missing the Coke machines, the Ragans are excited to let people know that their new location is up and running.