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Zoots Abandons Connecticut Stores

Ian P. Murphy |

NEWTON, Mass. —  Zoots Corp. has moved out of Connecticut, according to a story appearing Thursday in the Connecticut Post, selling or closing all nine of its locations.
The Newton, Mass.-based company filed papers indicating it would likely close a production facility in Wallingford, Conn., late last year, but said that stores and routes would continue to operate statewide under the Zoots brand.
Of the company’s nine locations in Connecticut, most have converted to new ownership over the last three weeks, the Post says. Eight locations in Shelton, Bethel, Monroe and Trumbull, Conn., promised to return clothing customers left with a Zoots franchise.
Zoots entered the industry in 1998 with a franchised central-plant-and-drop-store concept it hoped to duplicate throughout the country. With the loss of these locations, the company now has 31 locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia. American Drycleaner has attempted to reach  Zoots officials for comment, and will update this story as more information becomes available.

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Ian P. Murphy

American Drycleaner

Ian P. Murphy is a freelance writer based in Chicago, and was the editor of American Drycleaner from 1999 to 2011.

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