"Cleaners open, blames dispute"
June 9, 2008 · Updated 3:50 PM
"Commuter Cleaners is open and will continue in business, according to owners David and Jamie Nelson.The Nelsons blame last week's temporary closure on Four Seasons Cleaners of Seattle, with whom they are engaged in a business dispute.Commuter Cleaners accepted clothes for cleaning, but the actual cleaning was done by Four Seasons.According to Jamie Nelson, they were dissatisfied with Four Seasons' work, and she notified Four Seasons owner Dick Pakko last week that she intended to terminate the relationship.She said Monday that Commuter Cleaners has found another cleaning contractor, and will continue business with that outfit.Last Wednesday, Four Seasons employees removed the inventory of clothes waiting to be picked up from Commuter Cleaners. That prompted a number of calls to Bainbridge Police, from customers who found the shop closed and apparently vacant, fearing the loss of their articles.Pakko told police and the Review that he was doing so because the Nelsons owed him money on a promissory note, which was secured in part by the hanging inventory at the store.Pakko said he would bring the clothes back to Bainbridge Island on Saturday morning.Jamie Nelson said she was home ill on Wednesday, and that the inventory was removed without the knowledge or consent of either her or her husband.She said the store remained closed Thursday because there was no inventory, but reopened Friday afternoon.Saturday, the store was open, and Four Seasons employees were in the parking lot returning the clothes in their possession to customers.Bainbridge Police Detective Steve Cain said Monday the disagreement between the two businesses was a civil dispute and would not be investigated further.The Nelsons confirmed the promissory note to Four Seasons, but Jamie Nelson said that was the nature of their business arrangement with that company. RetractionA story in Saturday's Review incorrectly reported that the Commuter Cleaners business on Winslow Way had ceased operations. The Review regrets the error. "