520 Main Street


Built in the 1890s on the former site of the Oxford Hotel, this building has been home to several businesses, from a furniture store to a grocery store.

In 1946, though, Oxford Cleaners would open and stand the test of time. The building was purchased by Howard Bentley, who operated the business with his parents and brother-in-law, and later on became the sole proprietor.  

Today, the Oxford Cleaners is still run by the Bentley family– the oldest continuously-operating business in Oxford by the same family. Oxford Cleaners has not only been a thriving business, but a service to the community.

Research by Hunter Chase Gentry and written by Julie Skinner Mangham, November 2023


Early view of Main Street, ca. 1900s. 

Oxford Cleaners Building located to the left. 

Courtesy of The Anniston Star, 29 November 1957. 


Advertisement for the Oxford Cleaners.

Courtesy of The Anniston Star, 7 March 1947.


Howard Bentley, Jr. (1920-1997) owner and operator of Oxford Cleaners. 

Courtesy of Kathy Bentley Hall. 


Oxford Cleaners on Main Street, ca. 1979. 

Courtesy of Lindblom Collection.