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March 10, 2012

 

Building sale forcing laundry’s closure

60-year cleaner that has been a Main Street staple will shutter on April 27

BuildingBob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Laundry & Cleaners at 19 N. Main St. in Homer will be closing its doors next month.

By STEVE HUGHES
Staff Reporter
shughes@cortlandstandardnews.net

HOMER — Homer Laundry & Cleaners, a Main Street business that dates back more than 60 years, plans to close its doors on April 27.
The business at 19 N. Main St. is closing because the building owners are selling the building.
According to the Cortland County Board of Realtors, 19 and 21 N. Main St. are for sale for $240,000.
The building is owned by Staci Kirkland and Jennifer Steuart, who inherited the property from their father, Milo Steuart, in 2004.
The business is owned by David Hubbard, who took over Homer Laundry from Milo Steuart. He declined to talk about the closing of the business.
“My lawyer told me not to talk, and I do what my lawyer says,” he said.
Hubbard also declined to say how many employees would lose their jobs.
Homer Laundry has been a mainstay on Main Street since at least the 1940s. The Steuart family bought the business in the 1960s.
The business is struggling in the current economy so the decision was made to sell the building that contains it, Kirkland said.
The building went on the market about three weeks ago and there has been some interest, Kirkland said.
“We’ve had some people come by and look at it,” she said.
The building is assessed at $582,000, according to the Cortland County Real Property Tax Services’ website.
Losing a long-standing Main Street business is always a disappointment, said Rob Garrison, Homer Business Association board member and owner of Homer Men & Boys clothing store.
“The first time we heard about it was on Wednesday from a customer,” he said. “We were shocked and saddened because you never want to see a business close, especially one that’s been around awhile like that one.”

 

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