Does the return to offices mean business for dry cleaners?

For the first time since the pandemic started, there are plenty of clothes to wash and press at Iris Cleaners and Tailors in East Elmhurst.

Co-owner Carlos Landazabal said business finally started to improve a few weeks ago, when more New Yorkers started to return to the office.

“Lot of ties, suits, dresses everything. It’s really picked up,” said Landazabal.

What You Need To Know

  • Iris Cleaners and Tailors in East Elmhurst has been in business for more than 40 years
  • After a tough year, business is starting to improve as more New Yorkers head back to the office
  • The Queens Chamber of Commerce says many dry cleaners and laundromats in the borough went out of business during pandemic

Landazabal’s parents started the business more than 40 years ago after emigrating from Colombia.

During the height of the pandemic, with so many people working from home and many events canceled, there wasn’t much of a need for dry cleaning and tailoring. They…

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