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Community leaders welcomed Dempsey's Fashionable Laundry to downtown Pittston on Wednesday.

Owner Bobby Dempsey cut a ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the drop-off store. The business started operations on Aug. 13.

The century-old family dry cleaning business headquartered in Dunmore is now open at 16 S. Main.

Company spokesman Canio Costanzo said the company located in Pittston for three reasons.

The first, he said, was Pittston did not have a dry cleaning establishment.

Second was the revitalization of Pittston's downtown.

"If you just look around, the area is just so vibrant," he said. "The changes they've made are phenomenal and we wanted to be part of it."

Finally, he said, "Pittston leaders really threw out the welcome mat to us."

The Pittston location will be a drop off and pick up point. Clothes will be dry cleaned in Dunmore with a 48-hour turnaround.

"If you have a shirt, a suit, a blouse, you'll drop it here," Costanzo said. "One of our drivers picks it up and takes it to Dunmore."

"Our family has been involved in the cleaning business since the early 1900s," Dempsey said. "Our mission has always been to provide the highest quality dry cleaning services at a fair price."

Local lawmakers, including state Rep. Mike Carroll and Joe Boylan, local director of the office of Sen. John Yudichak, gathered on Main Street on Wednesday to welcome the store. Also on hand were city officials Mayor Jason Klush, City Manager Joe Moskovitz, Downtown Manger Rose Randazzo, Mike Lombardo of Pittston Redevelopment Authority, City Controller Chris Latona, Police Chief Robert Powers and councilmen Joe McLean and Joseph Chernouskas.

Dempsey has said the ongoing revitalization of the downtown was an incentive to locate in Pittston.

"We were attracted to downtown Pittston after meeting with Michael Lombardo and Rose Randazzo and listening to their vision for the future of the downtown area. We have already been getting positive feedback from Pittston residents. We are very excited to be opening in Pittston."

The business will employ two counter workers to start with, and may add more if they add an alterations side to the business in the future.

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