150 Peoples Plaza  Newark, De   302-836-1002     

Mission Statement 

Our mission at Parkway Dry Cleaners is to meet all of our customers needs with quality workmanship at a reasonable price. 


To be the recognized name in the Dry Cleaning business. 

The history of Parkway 

1915- John Ciccarone Sr., who migrated from Italy in 1905, opened an "On Time Cleaners" in a small self-contained 1500 square foot plant in West Chester. 

1935- John Sr. formed a partnership in Wilmington, DE. And opened a 50,000 square foot plant that served 3 states called "Tri-State Cleaners" (DE, PA, NJ). They only served wholesale accounts because that was probably 90% of the business at that time. They were one of the largest operations at that time in Delaware. 

1950- John Sr. retires from the Dry Cleaning business. 

1953- John Ciccarone and brother Frannie Ciccarone opened up a 3000 square foot retail plant at one of the first shopping centers in Wilmington, DE. (Merchandise Mart) The name was Parkway Cleaners and the reason was that John felt it was a word that people would be familiar with because of certain roads and such that were called Parkways. Something people would recognize and remember. 

1959- John Ciccarone leaves Wilmington and moves into 3000 square foot self-contained plant on Montgomery & E. Gay St. . 

1975- Frannie Ciccarone eventually sells his cleaning business to Johns oldest son Don Sr. who moved the business to the Newark, De area. 


1986- Don Sr. opens a location in Peoples Plaza shopping center located in Bear, De. 

1989- Another location is opened in Suburban Plaza in Newark, De. 

2002-Donny Jr. begins to work at the family business and begins working on new programs.

2010- Parkway Dry Cleaners consolidates into one location and focuses on serving the tri-state area with FREE Pick-Up & Delivery Service.

2016- Continue to grow FREE Pick-Up & Delivery Service.

2020- New delivery van. Survive Covid-19 pandemic thanks to our loyal customers.