You Young-sik has tried his luck running businesses, but after his convenience store, a sausage factory and a second-hand furniture shop all failed, he realised he had found a niche, one that he understood well: helping people go out of business.
You says he is now busier than ever due to the resurgence of the coronavirus, tearing down sign boards and removing cash registers from shuttered hair salons, barbecue buffets and other enterprises whose business model was based around human contact.
“This is my busiest year so far, having done this for 10 years. Inquiries are about four to five times higher,” said the 54-year-old liquidation specialist, who added that his business started taking off about two years ago as a street-level economic downturn began.
“I can’t do them all but I still take about twice the work I used to, which is why I need to head out at