Chido's Dry Cleaners Still Cleaning Laundry
Chido's Dry Cleaners in Erie has always had something familiar inside since its beginning in 1946; A Chido. The company is now in its third generation of family ownership.
"Oh, it's great. It's something that we've all worked at as a family. I even have my daughter coming in here now. It's fun, it's interesting, it's something new every day," said current president Tom Chido.
Although a big part of their business is ,of course, dry cleaning, they can do much more. Traditional laundry, shoe repairs, and even curtain and drape cleaning, just to name a few. But their biggest service is to the customer.
"Our goal here is to satisfy everyone that comes to the door. There's always that challenge, and that's what we like to do," said Chido.
"They always told me, if you don't want to wear it like that, don't send it out like that. And that's true. I wouldn't want anybody, especially with the way the economy is, people have to pay for things these days," said employee Danielle Perschka.
Perschka is pretty good with numbers too. She knows exactly how many shirts she pressed today.
"Around 237," she smiled.
Those hundreds each day, quickly turn to thousands on the racks waiting to be picked up. But Chido admits those numbers took a dip in recent years when the economy took a plunge.
"In the last couple years they started to slide a little bit and this year we're doing a lot better," said Chido.
He says it's taken some creativity, like adding a new delivery service, to get them back to success.
"You have to be able to change and morph with the situation and the different markets and things like that to be able to continue on and be productive," said Chido.
And now he's looking forward to many more successful years to come.