Rainy Weather Affecting Some Businesses In Greenville


By Amanda Wade

All of the recent rain may be helpful for some businesses in Greenville, but for others, it does more harm than good.

More than two feet of rain has fallen in Greenville over the past three months. April and May saw rainfall totals nearly six inches above average.

For lawn care professionals like Gene Norris, that means their workload for a rainy day gets push onto the next day, creating long hours in the hot sun, "You have to work long hours, 12, 13, 14 hours a day. Right now, we're running 10 to 12 hours a day. So, it just puts a damper on the next day until we get caught back up."

Retailers say summer is a slower time of year anyway, but adding the extra rain into the mix is putting a hefty dent in their sales; Some are seeing a nearly 50% drop compared to this time last year, "We haven't had a period where we could kind of makeup for it. It's just another negative on top of a negative, so it just tends to build up," says Chae Brown, Owner of Southern Mint Boutique in Greenville. 


But some businesses are not washed out by the rains. Charlie Sexton sells watermelons on the side of Fort Dale Road. He says he sells nearly 100 watermelons daily, rain or shine, "I have seen them come in and stop with umbrellas and I get out and wait on them even though I get wet. I'm glad to sell them. But the weather hasn't really affected me at all."


Brown says the weather also affects trends in purchasing. She says women are less likely to buy a new outfit for an event if they know it might rain.

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