TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTHI) - - A legendary Terre Haute dry cleaning business, family owned and operated, has simply run out of steam.
Ermisch Cleaners, founded in 1883, will close its doors for good in early May, after 130 years, according to the son of the current owners.
Keith Ermisch told News 10 the shifting economy and diminishing sales are to blame for the demise of the once dominant company founded by his great- great- grandfather.
Ermisch's original location at 16th and Poplar Streets in Terre Haute is the only one left today, and will be open until noon on Saturday, May 4, according to Ermisch. The secondary store, on Davis Avenue, closed two weeks ago.
Ermisch added the final day for dry cleaning, or laundry, drop-off will be tomorrow, Saturday, April 27.
Keith Ermisch said his parents, John and Roslyn Ermisch, currently retired and living in Florida, will be returning to their native Terre Haute early next week to begin what will surely be the daunting and emotional task of shutting down a business that's a longstanding staple in the Terre Haute community.
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