Lloyds Cleaners and Mr. Dry Cleaners have merged to enhance your dry cleaning experience. Our customers say we are the dry cleaner of choice in 417 land. We pride ourselves on delivering HIGH QUALITY service CONSISTENTLY. You’ll always know what you will get when you come to us. Your order will be done exactly the way you’ve asked us to do it.

The team at Lloyds and Mr Dry Cleaners is constantly learning on the latest techniques in the industry to better serve you. We understand that you chose us to do your dry cleaning. We hope you understand that decision is greatly appreciated.

If you haven’t yet experienced our level of  dry cleaning service, visit one of our locations today and give us a chance to earn your business. If we do not have a location near you,  please call for our pick up and delivery service. Thank you for your business!

Courtesy and customer service is what our counter personnel will provide when you enter our doors. They are trained to help you with any cleaning questions you may have. Our goal is to accommodate all of your cleaning needs with the upmost care and quality service.

Our production staff is simply the best, with more than 100 years of combined dry cleaning expertise. Our mission is to provide quality service and to take care of the needs of our customers from dry cleaning to shirt laundry to alterations.

History


1915 - PRESENT

1915-1916

A journey begins


Gay Elsie Lloyd gets started in the dry cleaning business. In 1916 she’s the first woman to ask to join the YMBC (Young Men’s Business Club.)

1921

Set in motion


In 1921 Gay along with her father Charles Pickney “CP” Lloyd and brothers Guy Leslie Lloyd, Charles Hugh Lloyd and Harold Hobson Lloyd start working on their own Dry Cleaners which would be called “Lloyds of Springfield.”

1922-1932

An auspicious start


They acquire a building at 216 E Central which had been used by the Assembly of God. They opened their doors in October of 1922 with the phone number of 82.

They were smart in choosing their location, as they were directly across the street from the Greene County Courthouse ~ so naturally they could get business from all the judges, staff, attorneys, and others.

They were very fortunate that Gay had a knack for writing and the ability to convey to consumers the value of dry cleaning. She was so good that in 1926 was asked to do a spot over several weeks on dry cleaning and clothing on KMOX ~ The Voice of St Louis ~ which could be heard down this way, especially at night. She also wrote in the St Louis Post Dispatch. This lead to very growing business in the roaring 20’s.

The establishment of the need for dry cleaning in 1920’s helped them through the 1930’s and prepared them for the post WWII boom. They would repair sports uniforms and made aside business of that. Guy’s son Jack Lloyd and Charle Hugh Lloyd were big into Kiwanis Baseball and sponsored many teams.

1933-1953

Tragedy strikes


One by one they started losing family members Charles Pinckney Lloyd in 1933 at 65, Harold Hobson Lloyd in 1951 at 53 and Guy Leslie Lloyd in 1953 at 62. Although they had pick up locations, delivery and locations in other towns, 216 E. Central was their main location and continued to grow. They also got into donating clothing that was left and not pickup from storage helping many over the years.

1973

Passing the torch


After 51 years in business the Lloyd family sold the business. Gay Elsie Lloyd-Sprong, and her sister Helen Ester Lloyd-Snow, and brother Charles Hugh Lloyd though it was time to retire. Especially for Gay as she had been in the business for about 60 years. She would pass in 1984 at 92.