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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