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Dry cleaners that locked customer clothes inside re-open

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After two weeks off the job, a Martinizing Dry Cleaners store manager has message for customers. 

"We're gonna be open back up tomorrow so, pick up your clothes any time," said Julio Aristizabal.

After two weeks in limbo, customers can finally get their clothes back.  The store in Carrollwood, and Diamond Cleaners in Clearwater closed after owner Jason Shah ran out of money and a bankruptcy trustee took over.

Customers, some with a dire need for their clean laundry, faced locked doors and no explanations.

"I don't like it at all, of course. I would like to get our stuff for the wedding we're going to," said Ken Grass, after trying to pick up clothes last week in Clearwater.

A bankruptcy judge in Tampa allowed the dry cleaning operations to go from chapter 7 liquidation to chapter 11 reorganization.  What that means for you: customers can now come in. The stores are open and you can now claim your clothes.

"We're gonna be open back up tomorrow (Tuesday)  for business from 7 am to 7 pm and Saturdays from 9 to 4 pm," said the store manager.

When 8 On Your Side contacted called owner, Jason Shah, he said he could not appear on camera because of an out of town trip.  He let his manager do the talking. 

"He's very apologetic and you can see on the sign also that I put, sorry for the inconvenience and we're gonna have some nice vouchers for them when they come in, so we can get our business back," said Aristizabal.

Exactly what customers will get for having their stuff held hostage for up to two weeks is not clear.

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