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High Rent Forces Wynnefield Dry Cleaners To Close Its Doors After 30 Years

Fashion Expert Dry Cleaners (credit: John McDevitt)

Fashion Expert Dry Cleaners (credit: John McDevitt)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A family dry cleaners in Wynnefield, in business for 30 years, closed its doors for good Thursday. Customers had to scramble to claim their clothing.

Many Customers hurried over to the Fashion Expert Dry Cleaners on Monument Road before it closed.

Among them was Bob Cooper who had to come up with $99 to retrieve his clothing.

“(A) very, very sad day. They did good cleaning, good work and everything … I have been coming here a good while.”

Owner Eddie Yi says he has no choice but to close. He has had difficulty paying his rent for some time because of a decline in business. His landlord has had enough.

“They are not going to reduce rent, so I cannot afford the rent,” Yi said.

Yi is leaving all unclaimed clothes in the store. Calls to the landlord on what will be done with the merchandise left behind have not been returned.

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