Family-owned Walnut Hills dry-cleaner devastated by fire announces closure

CINCINNATI -- The owners of a Walnut Hills dry-cleaning business couldn't handle the hundreds of thousands of dollars it would take to restore their building after a four-alarm fire gutted it May 21. "With heavy hearts," Superior Linen and Apparel announced May 29 it would close permanently.

According to the Facebook post announcing the closure, the business had been family-owned for 90 years. The May 21 fire, which scorched the interior of the building and took down parts of the roof, was among the largest Cincinnati had seen in years.

More than 80 firefighters -- over three-quarters of Cincinnati's total supply -- eventually joined in the effort to put it out. By then, however, the Walnut Hills staple was a total loss.

"Our work and our customers have meant so much to us," the owners wrote on Facebook. "Thank you for all of your support throughout the years."

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