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Opinion: We need a dry cleaner in Mason City

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When the news today in the Globe Gazette trumpeted the opening of a new Western Wear clothing store, I was very pleased. I hope the owner prospers beyond belief.

What we don’t have in this community of 27,000 people is one of the simplest basic services every community of our size seems to have with the exception of us. There was a time we had two of them, both of which seemed to be doing well. What is it? Dry Cleaning.

Can you imagine a town of this size not being able to support a dry cleaner? Here are our current options; take your dry cleaning to two drop off locations….Hy-Vee Supermarket which will transport them to Albert Lea then back to the grocery store to pick up. I can see this, because it takes you in and out of the Supermarket twice, once to drop off….once to pick up and while you’re in there you might buy some bread and milk.

The other pick up spot is on the corner across the street from the post office; these people will transport your clothing to Fort Dodge, Iowa and back. Now let’s look at Clear Lake, it has a dry cleaner in a town which is much smaller than Mason City and the same dry cleaners have been there for quite a number of years and seems to make a living.

So why can’t a dry cleaner support themselves in this city?

Here is a suggestion, drive your dry cleaning to Clear Lake and while you’re there have lunch in the city….they have some great lunch spots, then repeat it when you need to pick it up.

Peter Children
Mason City, Iowa

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