Longtime Lake Oswego dry cleaners shutters amid pandemic
Chang Yang, owner of Classic Cleaners & Draperies, made the hard decision to close his business after being in Lake Oswego for 15 years.
The dry cleaners, located just off Mercantile Drive in the Lake Grove area, shuttered April 3.
Chang, who currently resides in Tualatin, originally opened his business in Beaverton prior to setting up shop in Lake Oswego in 2006. Chang said he started experiencing trouble financially when construction of the Mercantile Village project, which will bring retail and residential units, ramped up.
Chang said a lot of the clientele from the former Providence clinic — which was located where Mercantile Village is being built — disappeared. He added that construction hindered his business as it blocked traffic and certain people from having easy access to the area. That, coupled with the hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic, were among his reasons for closing.
Chang said over the years he grew very attached to the community. His children graduated from Lake Oswego High School, and he donated to help fund extracurriculars at the school. So when it was time to tell his customers he was closing his brick and mortar, he felt very sad.
But it's not all tears, Chang said. He is starting a pick-up and delivery service that will be under a different name in May. He was happy to know many of his customers were willing to switch over to a service they may not be too familiar with.
"My husband and I have been clients of Classic Cleaners for 15 years, and we have always been impressed with how friendly Chang and his wife, (Young Kim), have been to us," said Lake Oswego resident Kristin Bride. "They recognized our anniversary month with a discount and always worked so hard. We will miss having them down the street, but look forward to supporting his new pick-up and delivery service."
Chang said he will use his friend's dry cleaning facility near the Portland Community College Sylvania campus and then will pick up and deliver starting with his previous customers. If people are interested in the service, Chang said to contact him on his personal cell phone at 503-703-3666, but he won't be taking calls for this service until May 1. Once he gets the website up and running, he will have an online presence.
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