Dry cleaners face tough road ahead as remote working, business casual concepts become the norm

David Leid, general manager of restoration at Bobby Page’s Dry Cleaners, stands inside the company’s flagship facility located at 1090 Sandhill Road in South Reno on June 18, 2021.

Photo by Kaleb Roedel.

The drumbeat of tumbling dryers and intermittent hiss of steam press machines fills the thick indoor air. Clothing of every material, size and color — purple silk shirts, blue wool suits, red satin dresses — is shaped and draped on hangers. Some are sliding across the space on automated conveyors; others are sleeved in plastic, primed for pickup or delivery.

It’s a Friday in late June inside the Bobby Page’s Dry Cleaners in South Reno and the company’s flagship operation is humming like a well-oiled machine.

“We do about 4,500 pieces of clothing a day,” says David Leid, general manager of restoration at Bobby…

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