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Pilgrim Dry Cleaners is Celebrating 80 Years!

Pilgrim Dry Cleaners is celebrating its 80th year as the Twin Cities favorite eco-friendly dry cleaner.  Three generations, family – owned and operated consisting of 26 branch locations and over 200 employees.  Founded in 1940 and established on the principle that their success is dependent on three key ingredients; Convenience, Quality, and Service.  Founder, Don Rosen’s commitment to family & community is still evident in the business today.

Pilgrim Dry Cleaners became a woman owned and operated business when Rosen’s daughter Bonnie Engler became CEO of the family business in 2004.  “We strive to improve and serve our customers and communities in the best way possible,” Engler says.  She has maintained Rosen’s commitment to family and community over the years and their employee’s loyalty is very apparent. More than half of their 200 employees have been with the company for over 10 years and 22 of those employees have been with Pilgrim for over 20 years.

Rosen founded the Pilgrim Cleaners Coats for Kids Program in 1986 and has since donated over 422,000 coats to help Minnesota families in need. Pilgrim has multiple community drives throughout the year to give back to children in our local community including Costumes for Kids and Scouting for Uniforms as well as donating thousands to local charities in need.

Derek Engler, Vice President, son of CEO Bonnie Engler and grandson of the late Don Rosen now the third generation working for Pilgrim Dry Cleaners.  “One of our secrets to success is that we are easy to do business with,” Engler states. “Pilgrim has invested in new technology and modern stores to continually serve our customers better.”  Pilgrim Dry Cleaners offers Same Day Service at 26 locations, Free Home and Office Pick-Up and Delivery, On Demand pick-up with their Pilgrim Go App, drive-thru locations, as well as 24 hour kiosks.

Pilgrim Dry Cleaners then and now.

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