Don't Miss Out:  Fall Fest '19 -- 
November 15, 16 & 17, Worcester, MA!
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NEFA Fall Fest '19:  Increasing Volume Through Wash-Dry-Fold
(Click picture for more on Regency Dry Cleaners)
NEFA's Fall Fest '19 Management Conference is right around the corner.  On November 16 & 17,  NEFA will be presenting a tremendous series of workshops, social events, and table top displays featuring the best of the industry.  These are some of the most important topics you will hear on a local level.  

"Tips to Capitalizing on the Growing Wash-Dry-Fold Market" featuring Rita Foley

Saturday Morning's program features "Tips for Capitalizing on the Wash Dry Fold Market" from Rita Foley, owner of Regency Dry Cleaners and White Star Dry Cleaners in the Raleigh-Durham, NC, area.

"Across the country," observed Peter Blake, NEFA Executive Vice President, "Wash-Dry-Fold and Casual wear are the two fastest growing segments of the business.  Drycleaners can no longer be thought of for just shirts, suits, blouses & dresses.  If you want to grow your business you have to tap into what consumers are looking for.  This is a perfect opportunity to explore this segment of the industry and learn how you can capitalize on this trend."

About Rita Foley

Rita Foley is a first generation owner of Regency Cleaners in Durham, NC, which is a 6 store operation including laundromats and valet routes. Regency Cleaners was established in 1984. She serves as the Past President of the North Carolina Association of Launderers and Cleaners. Rita is also a member of CLA (Coin Laundry Association) and MfM (Methods for Management).

Rita is a 1980 graduate of the University of Georgia, with a degree in Poultry Science. She was the first female in the history of the University to be presented the Outstanding Senior of the College of Agriculture. Her ambition to become a veterinarian evolved into a lifetime of working in the dry cleaning industry that has allowed her to utilize her creativity and entrepreneurship to grow the company.

Reserve at AC Hotel Today:  Cut-off Date is October 21!

NEFA has selected the AC Hotel in Worcester, MA as the new Fall Fest Headquarters.  The AC Hotel is located at 125 Front St and is a brand new, European designed hotel built in 2018. 

The facilities are well designed, the event space is perfect for our needs, and the location is in the heart of NEFA. Easily accessible for everyone. The entire downtown area has been renovated. There are some chic nightspots and unique dining opportunities. Everything from craft brew pubs to comedy clubs to high-end steak houses. 

NEFA has already locked in a special room rate of only $149/night based on double occupancy and reservations should be open by the end of the month. Call (774) 420- 7555 and mention NEFA when you call..  

"We are excited about the venue," offered Larry Fish, NEFA President.  "It is a great hotel -- and Worcester has become a fun town to spend a weekend in, and a trendy spot for dining.  We have top-notch speakers and a terrific program, and I really believe everyone needs to be there.  It is a "can't" miss event if you want to capitalize on your opportunities to succeed."

If you have trouble getting a reservation -- call Peter Blake at the NEFA Office:  603-635-0322.

 On behalf of the Officers and Directors of NEFA, I want to thank you for your support of NEFA, DLI and the Industry.  We are looking forward to many new changes, and are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
All members are encouraged to call and set up an appointment, it would be great to visit!  We are always looking for ways to better serve our members and the industry as a whole, so please let us know if there are areas you feel we could assist you in.  Please either call us at 603-635-0322 or e-mail me at


Peter Blake,
NEFA Executive Vice President