Winter Storm Leaves Cold Chill For Businesses
Some business owners in Greenville are re-opening their stores as the ice and snow melt, but the winter weather leaves a chill for their wallets.
Two and half icy snow days may not seem that long, but for many businesses, they create a loss that can't be gained back. Chae Brown, owner of Southern Mint Boutique in Downtown Greenville, says, "You can never recover those days. It doesn't matter if you've got a sale or a busy day the next day, it's still the two days. You've missed it."
And when it comes to bills, they say the cold temperatures force them to keep the heat on even when stores are closed to prevent pipes from bursting, but one store owner says a strong connection with the community kept a few sales going, "Especially at the end of the month, and you have end of the month bills coming in, but most of my customers have contacted me at home about things that they need for the weekend for church, so prayerfully we'll be okay," says Carolyn Griffin, owner of Proverbs International Christian Bookstore.
Some shoppers say they are focusing on getting groceries and necessities, so business may be slow until the rest of the ice melts away.