If you have any clothes that need to be picked up at Dry Clean Super Center, you better do it fast.
The dry cleaner is being foreclosed on and this is the last day the doors will be open.
“We have been trying to call customers for days to tell them to come by and pick up their clothes,” said Stacie Hall, store manager. “But we can’t get in touch with everyone. After today, I don’t think these people will ever get their clothes back.”
While four employees are left scrambling to contact customers and distribute the piles of clothes still hanging on the racks, the store’s owners, Brad and Judy Ewing of Mineral Wells, are on an Alaskan cruise.
If that wasn’t frustrating enough, the employees learned Wednesday, after receiving their paychecks, that there wasn’t enough money in the store’s bank account to cover payroll.
“I called the bank in Mineral Wells and was told there wasn’t enough to cover the checks,” Hall said. “So I’ve encouraged the employees who are still working to leave because it’s doubtful they will get compensated for their time, especially now that we are in a new pay period.”
Attempts to reach the Ewings were unsuccessful.
It’s been a little more than a week since the employees first learned they would soon be out of a job. Hall said rumors have been floating since before Thanksgiving that the store was in financial trouble, but the owners kept reassuring them that everything was fine.
But last Wednesday, Hall, who has worked for the Ewings for nearly eight years, learned it wasn’t.
“I got a call from another employee who told me we were closing,” Hall said. “I waited for Brad (Ewing) to call, but he never did. Finally, I picked up the phone and called him.”
She said Ewing told her the store was, in fact, closing, but instructed her to keep taking clothes.
“He wanted all of us to keep the operation going until Friday (today), then close the doors on Saturday,” Hall said. “But that would have only given customers one day to get their clothes back.”
Hall, who has lived in Stephenville all her life, said she just couldn’t do that. Ignoring her boss, Hall and the other employees stopped taking clothes and started making calls, informing customers of the situation and encouraging them to pick up their property.
Unfortunately, getting in touch with everyone has proved impossible.
“I have no idea what is going to happen to all of these clothes when we shut the doors. I feel bad, but I don’t know what else to do,” she said.