Winter weather impacts local businesses
The unusually cold winter has affected local businesses in varied ways. Some have benefited, while others have lost jobs because of the snow and ice.
A new poll by Small Business Majority, a national small business advocacy organization, said that 40 percent of businesses surveyed throughout the state experienced a significant impact due to extreme weather.
Locally, a survey of businesses showed most were hampered by the series of wintry storms, with many having to close down operations for at least a few days this winter.
There was so much snow and ice this winter that even a business that usually benefits from such a storm could not take advantage. Herbert Clements & Sons, a Bellamy heating and plumbing business, had to pull its trucks off the road except for serious emergencies on several occasions to protect its drivers, said J.D. Clements, office manager and co-owner.
When his crews were able to get out during the repeated snow events, Clements said, they were kept busy repairing freezing pipes and broken water pumps.
Storms came so often that the idea of dining out before the storm lost its allure, said Michael Buffa, who co-owns Anna’s Pizza & Subs at Glenns with his father Joe and brother Fabio. People often eat at the restaurant the day before a major storm hits, he said, but there were too many storms this year. “It did it (stormed) every week,” he said.
Haskins Ramos, owner of Haskins Bayside Collision Center at Port Haywood, said he didn’t see much extra storm-related repair work this winter. However, numerous deer hits resulted in a lot of additional repairs.