An Omaha business that’s been around for 94 years is now closing up shop. Armstrong Cleaners on Leavenworth has been bought by the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Armstrong Cleaners has been a staple in Midtown Omaha for a while. It’s a place where employees know you by name and customers know their clothes are in good hands. Now Sue Armstrong and her husband Kurt must say goodbye.
Sue says, “We have so many wonderful, wonderful customers and we are just devastated.”
Kurt’s father owns the business and has decided to sell the property to the university. When you look at the property you can understand why UNMC would want it. It’s right on Leavenworth next to the medical center. It’s near construction that already in the works.
UNMC Official Deb Thomas says, “In the last 10 years there’s been an incredible explosion of improvements in the Midtown area on the UNMC campus.”
According to the register of deeds the cleaners is the sixth property within the past 15 years that’s in that area that’s been bought by UNMC. The other five properties were also on Leavenworth. Sue worries about what this means, she says, “I think it’s progressive what they're doing. I just wish we didn’t have to lose our business to it.”
UNMC officials say the sale was by choice and their goal is to share the area with other businesses so that everyone can thrive.
Thomas says, “We want to be good neighbors.”
For now the Armstrong’s aren’t going to relocate and say most of their employees have been able to find other jobs. They want to thank all their customers for so many good years.
Right now UNMC officials say they plan to tear down the building and use the property as a parking lot.