Sam Kite moved his young family from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth in 1951 to help manage his uncle's dry cleaning plant 7to11 Cleaners located on 7th Street. Learning the trade and realizing he wanted to take the service to a higher level, he struck out on his own and opened Kite's Circle K Cleaners in 1958. Located near what is now the corner of Arch Adams and Camp Bowie across from what is now the Kimbell Art Museum, the shop proved to be just the vehicle Sam needed to exercise his need for the highest quality of service.
As the business continued to grow, Sam decided to build a new plant at 5408 Camp Bowie near the Ol' Swiss House Resturant. With the help of cleaner/spotter W.T. Wilson, finishers Margie Ruffin, and Clinton Burns among others, Kite's quickly built the reputation of being the place to go when it truely mattered how you looked. With the impending widening of Interstate 30 threatening to overtake the plant's location, Kite built a new plant 6 blocks east at 4839 Camp Bowie in 1982.
Gary Kite. Sam's son, had grown up doing all sorts of odd jobs at the cleaners and upon graduation from college in 1976, began learning fulltime the cleaning business along with his father's commitment to the highest standards for quality. In 1982, Gary began managing Kite's for his father who was increasingly involved with kite's Draperies and various business and civic organizations.
Space to continue to grow soon became a necessity, so in 2003, Gary moved the plant again to a new large, state of the art, facility located on Alta Mere Drive. With ample space to indulge in adding the newest cleaning and finishing equipment available, Kite's now uses the most advanced and environmentally safe cleaning system of any cleaners in North Texas. Using state of the art finishing equipment including European tensioning for the soft finished feel, no corners are cut in the effort of providing a like-new result. Computerized, barcoded, and automated order assembly insures customer's clothes are returned correctly.