(left to right) CLAY BAUCOM, RUSSELL DEVEROE, JACK CHERRY, LUKE YOUNG, ANNA YOUNG
Young Cleaners and Dyers opened at 336 N. Church Street, in the town of Concord, NC, in February 1941. The northern boundery of the town was only two blocks north at Todd street, on the north side of Oakwood Cemetary. The business prospered, Anna and Luke Young quickly began buying out their partner in a matter of months. The business continued to grow and the two buildings, where we currently process, were purchased in 1943.
Working hard to live up to the slogan, "We Strive to Please," provided loyal customers. Anna concentrated on the wants and needs of the customers, making sure that each garment was it's best. Luke cleaned and removed stains with skill and expertise that exceeded his age of 24, having worked in a drycleaners since the age of 13.
Behind the scenes, Luke was building a reputation among other cleaners in the state as the go-to guy for problems with garments. Many cleaners would drive to Concord to get his help and advise on dealing with tough cleaning challenges.
By 1970 the "service station" was bought to provide additional space and off street parking on the busy north-south route through the city of Concord.
During the 40 years between 1941 and 1981, Young Cleaners went from being on the edge of town in the notorious Forest Hill area, to the center-city, surrounded by Locke Mill, the Coca-Cola Plant, and the Cabarrus Creamery,