Recent History – 2000
April 27, 2000
DAWSON CREEK – After 22 years in the business, Moon Mah is closing the dry cleaning and laundry business Empire Cleaners. But the landmark small business on 102nd Avenue is not succumbing to anything, Mah assures.
“I just decided to do a career move,” said Mah, who’s also a trustee with School District 59.
Mah said working in the cleaning business has been made difficult by his rheumatoid arthritis which he was diagnosed with 10 years ago. While the disease has gone in remission, Mah felt taking care of his health is paramount and when the opportunity came up for a career move, he decided to take the chance.
He’s going to work for Three Monkeys Intelligent Systems’ computer division, a place where he has already worked part time for a year and a half.
“Computers have always been a passion. Now I finally get a chance to do that,” Mah said.
Saying goodbye to Empire Cleaners was a hard decision, he said. Especially since his father had worked in the business for 13 years before him.
“The town’s been good to us. I wish someone would have bought (the business) from us. We had it for sale for about two to three months.”
Much of the equipment has already been spoken for, Mah said, and the rest will be liquidated over time.
“I’m not moving out of town,” he said. “I’ve got lots of time.”