Bankrupt Baltimore Dry Cleaner to Give Customers Four-Hour Window to Retrieve Clothing

February 15, 2000

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that customers of a Baltimore dry cleaner and tailor that closed for bankruptcy on January 11, will be able to retrieve their clothing this Saturday, February 19, 2000. General Curran's Consumer Protection Division worked out an agreement with Sukhdarshan G. Singh, owner of Finesse Tailors & Cleaners, located at 8643 Belair Road in Perry Hall.

On January 11, Singh filed for corporate bankruptcy, which effectively closed his business operations at the Belair Road location. Since then, some 34 customers, including a Maryland State delegate and a police officer who had left his uniforms for cleaning, filed complaints with the Consumer Protection Division, asking for assistance in getting their clothing back. Singh will open the business for consumers who currently have clothing items at this store only, on Saturday, February 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon. Should the weather be inclement (snowing or ice hazard), then the opening will be rescheduled for Saturday, February 26, 8 a.m. through 12 noon.

"I am happy that we were able to arrange to get these people their clothing back," said Attorney General Curran. "Having clothes held hostage for six weeks is a major inconvenience."

Media inquiries: Sean Caine (410) 576-6357
All other inquiries: Consumer Protection Division Mediation Hotline (410) 528-8662