The Herald Bulletin

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Local Business

January 9, 2014

The price of a snow day

Storm was costly for local businesses, but things could have been worse

ANDERSON, Ind. — A snowstorm that dumped nearly a foot of snow on the area became a historic event for several local businesses that lost business when they were forced to close during the inclement weather.

“Our loss is in the thousands,” said Clay Sexton, manager of Greek’s Pizzeria, 6317 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Sexton said his business has never closed during severe weather, but the risk to his employees was too great to remain open.

“It hurt our employees more than us,” he said of the decision to close. “They are all scrambling to do everything they can to make up those hours. We have one woman taking every shift she can.”

The pizzeria employees lost their wages when the restaurant closed on Sunday and did not reopen until Tuesday.

“Friday and Saturday our business was down between 20 to 35 percent and on Sunday we lost 75 percent of our business,” Sexton said.

Few businesses could remain open during the storm, and many more could not quickly reopen in its wake.

“Hoosier Park has closed for periods of a day several times because of inclement weather, but not for an entire day,” said Grant Scharton, spokesman for the facility located at 4500 Dan Patch Circle.

Scharton said the casino closed at 6 p.m. on Sunday and reopened at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

“It was certainly an unprecedented storm,” he said. “You have to go back to 1978 to even compare it to anything similar.”

Scharton said employees will be allowed to use paid time off days to cover the hours they missed due to the storm and special attendance policy standards were used during the dangerous weather conditions.

“Having to close our operations resulted in a financial drain, the extent of which cannot be completely determined until the close of the month,” Sharton said. “Some of that loss, but not all, may be made up based on upcoming conditions of winter weather.”

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