Bed Stuy dry cleaner forced to close after 50 years of service

A beloved dry cleaner in Bed Stuy is being forced to close after 50 years.
Joeal Cleaners has been in business since 1976. However, last month, the owner received a notice claiming that they needed to vacate the property. After, he said the landlord told him the rent will jump from $5,300 to $12,000 a month, which he cannot afford.
He says he has always paid his rent, even during the three months they were closed during the pandemic. He also says he’s done everything in his power to keep all the staff, including taking on a part-time job.
Joeal’s Cleaners’ loyal clientele have been devastated by the news of it closing.
"I've known him for so many years and he's been great to the community,” said one customer.
News 12 has reached out to the building management several times but have yet to get a response. As of now, Joeal's Cleaners is expected to close its doors for good on Oct. 31.