Honiton left high and dry after town's last cleaners closes its doors

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 16 November 2017

Colin Wright. Ref ehr 30-16TI 5040. Picture: Terry Ife

Colin Wright. Ref ehr 30-16TI 5040. Picture: Terry Ife

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The town now has no dry cleaners or laundrettes after Courtesy Cleaners, in New Street, shut.

Concerns have been raised about dry cleaning provision in Honiton after the last outlet offering the service closed.

Courtesy Cleaners in New Street shut after its owner retired, leaving Honiton without any dry cleaners or laundrettes.

The recent closure has forced residents to drive as far as Sidmouth to get their clothes dry cleaned - including chamber of commerce president Colin Wright.

Mr Wright said: “I think it’s very important that a new dry cleaners and laundrette opens in Honiton again soon.

“Personally, I wear suits and jackets and they still have to be dry cleaned.

“I recently took my clothes to Johnson Cleaners in Sidmouth’s main street because I had nowhere local to take them. It’s a long way to go, especially if you do not have a car.

“And what about people who need duvets washed? Household machines are not capable of managing them.

“We need someone to bring industrial-sized washing machines to Honiton. Bed spreads and sheets are becoming king and double king sized these days and we need machines capable of washing them.”

Mr Wright said about ‘half a dozen’ vacant outlets in Honiton would be suitable to open up a dry cleaning service in.

He said while the Chamber of Commerce is unable to directly act, his and fellow colleagues’ fingers are crossed that a service would open in Honiton soon.

Mr Wright added: “There are lots of options in Honiton for someone to open up a cleaners and clean up!

“They will have no competition after all.”

Honiton formerly had a Johnson Cleaners in its Lace Walk precinct, but the company closed the outlet in 2014.

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