Dry cleaner folds under economic pressure

Tough economic times have forced a Milford dry cleaner to close down his business.Owner Billy Rich says that C & R Cleaners is closing its

MILFORD - Tough economic times have forced a Milford dry cleaner to close down his business.

Owner Billy Rich says that C & R Cleaners is closing its doors for good after six decades of business.

"My machinery is so old and I didn't want to put the money into it," Rich says.

He says that the cost of insurance, as well as solvent and hangers, has doubled over the years and his business has lost thousands of dollars.

The shop has been in his family since the 1940s, but Rich says he has little choice in the decision after he lost 30 percent of his business and is now ready for a change.

The shop will close next Saturday. Rich says customers should pick up their dry cleaning before that day. All clothes that are not picked up by Saturday will be donated to local churches and charities.

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