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Cleaners closes

plan in works to return clothes

December 16, 2000

Cleaners closes; plan in works to return clothes



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Anderson Cleaners in downtown Hagerstown closed recently, and some customers have been unable to retrieve clothes they left to be cleaned.

Representatives of the owners, the landlord and the Attorney General's Office say they will work to return the clothes to their owners.

Larry Munson, with the Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Division, in Hagerstown, said "there's lots of clothes" in the cleaners at 104 E. Washington St.

"We don't have a solution yet," Munson said.

He said once a solution is found, he will try to send letters to affected customers.

Munson said customers should send a copy of their Anderson Cleaners receipt, their mailing address and a daytime telephone number to him at the Attorney General's Office, Consumer Protection Division, 138 E. Antietam St. Room 210, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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Edward Button, a lawyer representing Anderson Cleaners owners We Kare Inc., said the business closed its doors Nov. 29 and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Greenbelt, Md., on or about Dec. 1.

Button said the owners were trying to arrange for the remaining clothes they had to be transferred to another cleaners when they were locked out of the building on Dec. 2.

The owners were "severely behind in rent," Button said.

Craig Harshman, property manager for Hagerstown Management Corp., which manages the building, said the business looked like it had closed and the owners had left when he put a padlock on the door.

"I didn't know what was going on so I locked it to protect the building," Harshman said.

Munson, Button and Harshman said they are trying to arrange a time for customers to come and pick up their clothes.

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