63 years of dry cleaning in Dickinson is coming to an end for Excel Cleaners.
The owner says that it has a lot to do with how the energy industry is affecting the area.
Jon Schaeffer .
Excel cleaners has been in the Wilhelm family in Dickinson for over 6 decades.
(Jay Wilhelm/ Owner) "It was a big part of the whole family because my folks built the apartment right on top of the store. So as soon as I could crawl down the steps I was down in the plant."
Today, Jay is taking in the last loads, as they plan to close in the next couple of weeks.
The reason, he can't keep employees because of the price to live in the oil booming city-- a problem he says many small businesses are facing.
"When you can't hire help because they really are really having a hard time finding places to live affording the rent if they don't own their own house virtually any of the smaller main street businesses you talk to are having the exact same problem that we are."
The customers that Excel has served for over half a century are having a hard time saying goodbye.
"There's a lot of emotions a lot of understanding why we are doing what we're doing but a lot of wishing we weren't."
"After 63 years its going to be pretty rough. In some ways not having the stress will be nice. We'll get some vacation and some occasional 3 day weekends we never got before. It's gonna be rough."
As Jay and the rest of the Wilhelms hang up their last piece of clothing--they will also close the door on the last Dry Cleaners in Dickinson. With KXNEWS--Jon Schaeffer.
Jay says that his father still lives above the Dry Cleaners.
They plan to liquidate the equipment and rent out the lower part of the building.