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Businesses Across Midwest Closed Due to Dangerous Conditions

Businesses all over the area and across the Midwest were closed due to the dangerous roads and severely low temps. So did the businesses that closed lose out on sales and how are employees going to make up for lost wages?
Businesses all over the area and across the Midwest were closed due to the dangerous roads and severely low temps.  So did the businesses that closed lose out on sales and how are employees going to make up for lost wages?

For some, the snow-pocalypse has been a fun-filled time away from school but for others it's been a drain on sales.

Hundreds of businesses closed their doors on Monday due to the deep freeze that blew in over the weekend.

Elaine Cruz works for Lee's Chicken and she says that although the restaurant lost business, it shouldn't have a major effect on their overall profit.

"We lose sales, but I think the customers come back the next day, so we get busier.  We were busy today so we gain more customers I think."

Even though the businesses may not miss out from closing, their hourly employees are losing an entire day's worth of income.

"Definitely I'm losing some money, but they care for us to have us not come in, so that works for me too.  They don't want us to be out on the dangerous roads, because a lot of businesses were open yesterday, and I'm glad that wasn't us."

Save-A-Lot was one of the few businesses that stayed open through the blizzard, and it might have payed off.

"You'd see people just kinda running in here, like weaving through the aisles really fast, grabbing what they needed, going through the check out, and just bolting out the door."

Alexia Miller, Manager at Save-A-Lot, said that Sunday was the most chaotic day for employees.

"I had to keep filling the same things repeatedly.  Like, I'd fill it, and then 20 minutes later I'd have to do it again and then another 20 minutes later I'd have to do it again."

Miller says their produce shelves over the weekend were nearly bare.

"Canned goods were going pretty fast, bottled water.  I mean, we had a full pallet that was full when the weekend started and by the time Saturday was over, it was gone."

Miller adds, that this store wasn't prepared for the business they received.

There are pros and cons to opening business doors or remaining closed during severe weather, but in the end it's at the manager and owner's discretion.

So adults, hope you enjoyed your time off and kids, you will likely be returning to school very soon.
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