Anton’s Cleaners

antonsFor over 90 years, Anton’s Cleaners has set the standard for excellence in drycleaning and shirt laundering. It all started with a single store, opened by Charles J. Antonopoulos in 1913, in Lowell, MA. Currently, the third generation of Anton’s is proud to operate 44 stores throughout eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.  In 1913, Charles Antonopoulos launched a cleaning business, Highland Cleaners, in Lowell, MA. Fifteen years later a more modern facility was opened along the Merrimack River in Lowell, but was later destroyed by the flood of 1936. Shortly thereafter Highland Cleaners relocated its business to Broadway Street in Lowell.  During the 1950s an expansion was made into Andover and Wilmington, which set the stage for the tremendous growth that was to follow. In 1957, the name Anton’s Cleaners was officially born.  In the 1960s, the then president, Arthur C. Anton, Sr., with the strong support of his brothers, Socrates and Alexander, guided the explosive growth throughout eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire while maintaining a passion for unparalleled customer service and clothing care excellence.

Anton’s Cleaners opened in May of 1962 at 700 Essex Street, Lawrence, Mass.  George Zerbinopoulos was the manager.  There was a gala grand opening with a ribbon cutting attended by Mayor John Buckley.

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  1. This story is not factually correct. There were 4 brothers. JOHN C ANTON, the oldest son , operated the 1st Andover store with his brothers and their 1st cousin, Costas ( Charlie) Housianitis, father of former Lawrence School Committeeman, John C. Housianitis. Costas Housianitis, then became the manager of the 2nd store in Wilmington, MA and devoted the next 34 years in managing a profitable Wilmington plant. The article neglects to state that the 4 brothers had a difference in philosophy in management style, thus resulting in the fact that the oldest son, John C. Anton, then purchased the Andover store from his brothers.

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