Sorry to Say, Majestic Cleaners is Folding

Bob Ardelt said that the taxidermy mounts above him have been there over 60 years, as they were inherited from the original owner. The rest of the mounts in the store are Bob’s.

By Lynn Binnie
Whitewater Banner staff

Bob Ardelt, who has owned and operated Majestic Cleaners for the past 44 years, has announced his retirement effective July 31, 2020. It appears that Majestic may have been operating at the same location, with the same name, rather close to a century, as Bob indicated to the Banner that his father started working for the original owner, Link Hause, in 1939 when he was in junior high. Bob’s parents bought the business in 1959, and he bought it from them in 1976. Admitting that revenues have fallen off considerably in recent years, Mr. Ardelt stated “no one dresses up any more.” He didn’t try to sell the business, but he owns the building, and he expects that his daughter may decide to renovate it and provide a different service. Here’s wishing Bob and his wife, Connie, a very happy, healthy, well-deserved retirement.

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