One of Arab’s longest continually operating businesses will close its doors for good Saturday.

Nell’s Cleaners on Main Street will close after being in business some 67 years.

The late Nell Spiegle, who died in 2011, opened the business in 1953.

Nell’s daughter, Bobbie Nell Spiegle Malone continued the business until her death in 2016. Since then, Bobbie Nell’s husband, Danny, has owned and operated the business.

Nell’s Cleaners was named the Arab Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2005 and the Arab Historical Society dubbed it “A Special Place” in 2015.

“This was a really hard decision,” Danny Malone said. “The business just isn’t what it used to be. Even before the COVID pandemic, people weren’t getting their clothes cleaned like they used to. Business was slow before the pandemic, but it’s really been bad since it hit.

“A lot of people are working from home now and don’t need their clothes cleaned, and a lot are on unemployment and can’t afford to get their clothes cleaned,” he continued. “And, we understand that.”

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