Cars were lined up bright and early Friday outside of Dry Clean Super Center, with customers eager to pick up clothes that were still inside the building that would soon close.
In Friday’s edition of the Empire-Tribune it was reported that the dry cleaners was being forced into foreclosure and that Friday would be the last day for customers to pick up their clothes.
“Our phone has been ringing off the hook with customers wondering if they have anything here,” said manager Stacie Hall, Friday morning. “It’s been crazy, but I think most of the clothes will be picked up by the end of the day.”
Hall and three other employees had been scrambling for days to contact customers and inform them about what was happening.
The employees continued to work even as they got word Thursday that there wasn’t enough money in the business’s bank account to cover payroll.
Meanwhile, owners Brad and Judy Ewing of Mineral Wells, are on an Alaskan cruise, leaving the employees to deal with the mess. The couple owns a second dry cleaning business in Mineral Wells, which is also in the process of closing.
By late Friday, Hall said she was exhausted, but relieved that the week is behind her.
“I owe a lot to the three others - Jessica Mertz, Katie Groff, and Steven Hall - who stuck it out with me,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without them. They kept working even though they knew they probably wouldn’t get paid. It was important to us all that we get the customers’ clothes back to them.”
Now Hall, 26, who has worked for the company for almost eight years, said it’s time to start looking for a new job.
“This was my career,” she said. “I don’t have a college degree and now I have to start over.”