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Local Redding business deemed "essential" fights to stay open

We're on our fourth week under a state wide stay-at-home order, with only essential businesses open.

Posted: Apr 10, 2020 6:38 PM

REDDING, Calif.-We're on our fourth week under a state wide stay-at-home order, with only essential businesses open.

Hartnell Cleaners in Redding is one of those "essential businesses and they say it's a struggle to survive. 

With business dropping, owner of Hartnell Cleaners, Patty Hendrickson, tells Action News Now that she's let go of four employees and cut back hours.

Hendrickson says only two people man the business.

She's lost about sixty-percent of her regular customers, forcing her to apply for financial help.

“This is our business, we put our heart and soul into this place and we’re not going to let it fall, says Hendrickson. "We will fight and do what we gotta do and that’s why we hope to get these loans. We pray that our employees are doing well at home and that everyone is staying safe."

Hendrickson says typically they handle on average 300 pieces of clothing a day, but now they're handling about 20.

She also owns another dry cleaners in the area, but had to temporarily close that one down.

Hendrickson tells Action News Now she constantly wipes down counters and washes her hands after receiving a load of clothes. 

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