Barkers Dry Cleaning & Launderette

This business is part of The Lower Parkstone Photo Project »» 

On Saturday 5th October 2013, two days after I took my first photos, Barkers suffered a fire at their Lower Parkstone branch. This has temporarily closed the launderette, although they can still accept dry cleaning and service washes from the temporary office at the back of their Parkstone branch.

Barkers have now re-fitted the launderette and re-opened on 23rd June 2014. Photos from before and after the fire, as well as during much of the renovation, can be seen below.

You can see a video of the fire here.

Barkers - 2015

Barkers – 2015

Matthew BarkerWashing machines at Barkers launderette and dry cleanersService wash - folding up laundryWashing machinesFreshly-dried washingStaff with a customerElaine, the ManageressBarkers launderette and dry cleanersBarkers launderette and dry cleanersBarkers launderette and dry cleanersDry cleaningSteam cleaning a jacketSteam cleaning a jacketDry cleaning trousersDry cleaning Awaiting renovation and re-fit, the day after a fire on October 5th 2013Barkers' temporary shop in the garage at the rear of the fire-damaged buildingNovember 2013 - after the fire at Barkers Dry Cleaning %26 LaunderetteWorkmen pulling out a washing machineInspecting one of the washing machinesSad washing machines after the fire at BarkersAfter the fire at BarkersAfter the fire at BarkersAfter the fire at BarkersDry cleaning machine after the fire at BarkersDry cleaning machine after the fire at BarkersAfter the fire at BarkersAfter the fire at BarkersSteam clothes presser....after the fire at BarkersAfter the fire at BarkersAfter the fire at BarkersNovember 22nd 2013, temporary exterior of Barkers during renovationsCutting one of the fire-damaged washing machines freeBack of the shopWhere one of the steam cleaning presses used to beLooking into the shop from the back, November 22nd 2013After the fire: 2nd temporary office of Barkers, Lower ParkstoneRenovation of Barker laundry and dry cleaners startsRenovating Barkers, Lower ParkstoneRenovating Barkers, Lower ParkstoneRenovating Barkers, Lower ParkstoneRenovating Barkers, Lower ParkstoneAfter the fire: new frontage of Barker launderette and dry cleaners, Lower Parkstone.After the fire: new frontage of Barker launderette and dry cleaners, Lower Parkstone.Plumbing in place: getting ready for the arrival of the new washing machines.Plumbing in place: getting ready for the arrival of the new washing machinesPreparing for the re-opening of Barker launderette and dry cleaningGetting ready to re-open after the fireMoving a dry cleaning machine into the new shop.Moving a dry cleaning machine into the new shop.Dry cleaning machine is stuck in doorway of new shop!Dry cleaning machine is stuck in doorway of new shop!Dry cleaning machine is stuck in doorway of new shop!Dry cleaning machine is freed from doorway of new shop!Dry cleaning machine moved into placeDry cleaning machine moved into place as Matthew Barker, owner of Barkers, looks onBarkers is nearly ready to re-open on 23rd June, 2014Tumble drying machines ready for re-opening on 23rd June, 2014Dry cleaning machinesWashing machines ready for re-opening on 23rd June, 2014Barkers is open! Washing in machines and dry cleaning hanging up, ready to go.Washing in machines and dry cleaning hanging up, ready to go.Washing in machines and dry cleaning hanging up, ready to go.Clean duvets waiting for collection.Dry cleaning hanging up, ready to go.Barkers in March 2015Barkers in March 2015Barkers in March 2015Barkers in March 2015

 


Barkers are a family-run business, first established by Ken Barker in the 1940s. They are the only independent laundry services and dry cleaning company in Southern England that is able to offer such a wide variety of products from under one roof.

In addition to their premises at Lower Parkstone, the Barker Group has branches in Andover, Bournemouth, Ferndown, Boscombe and Sherborne.

Barkers is now run by Matthew Barker, who is the grandson of Ken. Matthew is dedicated to building and improving on the skills and traditions handed down to him by his father and grandfather; his vision is to build the most environmentally, eco-friendly laundry in the world.

Services offered at Lower Parkstone (currently only dry cleaning and service washes, as a result of the fire)

Dry CleaningDomestic LaundryBusinessSpecialist
Dry CleaningFinished Domestic LaundryDomestic Laundry Via Agents/ Dry CleanersBridal Gown Service
Carpet Cleaner HireRepairs & AlterationsCommercial LaundryStiff Collars
Retail ProductsBagwash LaundryWorkwear CleaningCurtain Cleaning
Stiff CollarsHand Towel Dispensers
Curtain CleaningDust Control Mats
Hotel Services
Trade Agencies
Care Home Services

Barkers

27 Church Road
Lower Parkstone
Poole
Dorset, BH14 8UF

Tel: 01202 748751

Opening Hours:-

Monday to Saturday: 8.00am to 5.30pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays: Closed

 

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