NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


December 20, 2000 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

BANKRUPT HAGERSTOWN DRY CLEANER TO ALLOW CUSTOMERS TO RETRIEVE CLOTHING

Baltimore - Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that customers of a Hagerstown dry cleaner that closed for bankruptcy on November 24, will be able to retrieve their clothing this Saturday, December 23, 2000. General Curran's Consumer Protection Division worked out an agreement with We Kare, Inc., owners of Anderson Cleaners, located at 104 E. Washington Street in Hagerstown.

On November 24, We Kare, Inc., filed for corporate bankruptcy, which effectively closed business operations at the Hagerstown location. Since then, numerous customers filed complaints with the Consumer Protection Division, asking for assistance in getting their clothing back. Approximately 500 garments remain at Anderson Cleaners. We Kare, Inc., will open the business for consumers who currently have clothing items at the store, on Saturday, December 23, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

"My Office simply acted as a mediator on behalf of the consumers who called us," said Attorney General Curran. "Fortunately we were able to work out an arrangement that is beneficial to everyone involved."

Attorney General Curran's Office resolved a similar situation in February of this year, when the Finesse Tailors & Cleaners in Perry Hall closed for bankruptcy.

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