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'Ugly, ugly time': Work-from-home era crushes U.S. dry cleaners

Pedestrians pass in front of Danny Cleaners in the New York borough of Manhattan on Nov. 19, 2020. Foto: Bloomberg/Gabby Jones

For a glimpse of how a city is faring in its reopening, look closely at its dry cleaners.

Take J's Cleaners, with locations dotting Midtown and Upper Manhattan. Last month, business was up to as much as 40% of pre-pandemic levels as a small portion of New Yorkers returned to the office, said owner Albert Lee. Some locations were even back to half of what they made before covid-19. With new business restrictions and schools closing again, Lee expects to fall back down to the low levels he's seen back in April...

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