Cudney’s Launderers and Dry Cleaners Inc. has a new owner, but she is no stranger to the business.
Joyce Ure, former vice president and general manager, took over as president and owner on April 14. She plans to continue the Cudney tradition of service and community involvement.
“There is no one I would rather see assume my father’s business,” said Lynette Cudney Whaley, former company president and daughter of founder James E. Cudney. “Joyce works hard to honor our family values. In addition to running the company for the past 10 years, she is active in Saratoga Rotary and the Downtown Business Association. Giving back to the community will still be a priority for Cudney’s.”
James Cudney, a Saratoga native, entered the laundry business in 1952 when he rented a small location on Lake Avenue that had just four washing machines. The company grew over the years and now has a freestanding plant, four storefronts, two laundromats and a home and business delivery route.
Lynette and her husband, Dan, had been operating the business since 1997. Ure joined the staff that same year as the assistant bookkeeper.
According to Dan Whaley, “It became evident right away that she was organized and efficient. Her interest and involvement in day-to-day operations grew and she is now more than qualified to operate on her own. We are very happy that she is willing to take on this challenge.”
“I was so proud that Lyn and Dan wanted me to continue the business after their retirement,” said Ure. “Having spent 20 years with them at the helm, I have wonderful examples of how the business should be run and how to give back to the community that supports us. Being able to join the Downtown Business Association, currently vice president, and being an active member of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, that is all thanks to the support and encouragement of the Cudney’s team.”
Ure said she will continue on the path set forth by the previous leadership and stay at the forefront of the technological advancements in the industry and continue in the eco-friendly, community-minded ways of the Cudney and Whaley families.
She said she is looking forward to this 65th Anniversary year for Cudney’s and her first as the owner.
Cudney’s has its production plant and administration offices at 5 Aletta St. in Saratoga Springs. Its storefronts are at 86 West Ave.; 3 Hampstead Place, Suite 101; and 160 South Broadway, all in Saratoga Springs; and at 654 Route 9, Wilton.
Its website is www.cudneys.com.