The house owners of Victoria’s Cleaners mentioned COVID-19 took away the vast majority of enterprise.
AUSTIN, Texas — The house owners of Victoria’s Cleaners in Central Austin are spending this week saying goodbye.
Situated within the Allandale Village Procuring Middle on the nook of Burnet Street and Koenig Lane for greater than 18 years, the shop has by no means been so empty. Just a few clothes grasp on conveyors.
Clients at the moment are solely choosing up what little garments are left. Nobody is dropping off any gadgets anymore.
“Yeah, I’m very unhappy. We’ve got loads of clients. They have been coming right here previously week or so. They’re expressing they’re sorry concerning the enterprise closing,” mentioned Tuan Nguyen, one of many house owners.
Solely Nguyen and his spouse, Vicky, stay as clients at the moment are solely dropping in to say farewell.
Like so many Austin-area small companies, COVID-19 has taken a toll on Victoria’s Cleaners.
In response to a Yelp research launched in June, almost 1,500 companies closed completely or briefly within the Austin metro between March and June.
Earlier than the pandemic, the Nguyens mentioned the shop was bringing in round $24,000 a month. Now they’re seeing solely round $2,000 a month – nowhere close to sufficient to pay the $6,000 wanted for hire.
With all their financial savings gone and their bank cards maxed out, the Nguyens are out of choices and out of time.
“We really feel sorry that we’ve to depart now due to the COVID,” Nguyen mentioned.
Sixty-two-year-old Nguyen and his 57-year-old spouse at the moment are going through one other problem: discovering new jobs to outlive at a time when he must be fascinated about retirement.
This comes as they shut the door to an almost 19-year profession serving others in Central Austin.