Cleaner is latest recession victim

By Richard Wright

Friday, January 25, 2013


Cleaner is latest recession victim

Johnson Cleaners in St James’s Square, Newport. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

The recession has claimed another Isle of Wight High Street casualty.

The economic downturn has led Johnson Cleaners to close its Newport store.

One member of staff has been transferred to the Ryde High Street store and three staff members have been made redundant.

A spokesman said customers were able to pick up their laundry and dry cleaning at the Newport store until Monday and after that all items would be transferred to the Ryde store.

"Johnson Cleaners is committed to increasing the already excellent service offered at Ryde," he said.

Closure of the St James’s Square store follows the company announcement in the summer it would shut 100 of its dry cleaners across the country.

The news followed the second year of sharply falling revenues.

Johnson’s closure comes after three national chains with Island branches — Jessops, HMV and Blockbuster — went into administration.


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by steve cummings

26th January 2013, at 11:09:46

Well, we are ALL being taken to the cleaners, aren't we?

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by Julian Fry

26th January 2013, at 00:54:33

Looks as if none of these employees will be buying into the new 900 home development at Ryde.

Perhaps the homes are destined for receivers: the only people who would get bank loans.

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by William Gough

26th January 2013, at 00:02:53

Can't blame online retailers for this one...........can we??

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by Stephen Elliott

25th January 2013, at 23:47:17

It is the rates.
Anyone else noticed that as parking charges rise the less shoppers come to Newport?

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by John Lennon

25th January 2013, at 23:34:24

Looks like I'l be going back to bashing my clothes against a rock in the Medina!

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by alan naylor

25th January 2013, at 16:44:57

WOW The economy must be bad with a bussiness with an 80 mark up closing it must be the high rates in Newport everyone loses

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