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Clothes stuck at cleaners may be claimed

December 19, 2000

Clothes stuck at cleaners may be claimed



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


Anderson Cleaners in downtown Hagerstown, which closed last month with some customers' clothes inside the store, will reopen for several hours Saturday so customers can pick up their clothes, a spokesman for the Maryland Attorney Generals' Office said Monday.

The cleaners at 104 E. Washington St. will be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., under an arrangement the Attorney General's Office worked out between the landlord, store owner and the business' court appointed trustee.

Saturday could be the only day affected customers will be able to retrieve their clothes from Anderson Cleaners, said Sean Cain, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office.

"If they can't get there, they should try to send someone in their place. They shouldn't count on any other date," Cain said.

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Cain said customers should treat the Saturday pick-up "like any other pickup."

He said people should bring their receipts and expect to pay. Late fees caused by the stores' closing will not be charged, Cain said.

He said there are about 500 garments still inside the store.

The cleaners filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Greenbelt, Md., on or about Dec. 1, according to Edward Button, a lawyer representing Anderson Cleaners owners We Kare Inc.

Button said when the cleaners closed on Nov. 29, the owners were trying to arrange for the remaining clothes they had to be transferred to another cleaners.

But on Dec. 2, the property management company put a new lock on the door to the store.

Button said the owners were behind in rent.

Craig Harshman, property manager for Hagerstown Management Corp., which manages the building, said last week that the business looked like it had closed 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.

Cain said this is the second time this year the Attorney General's Office has become involved in arranging for customers to get their clothes from a closed cleaners.

The other closed cleaners was in Baltimore County, he said.

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