SEWICKLEY, Pa. (KDKA) – With new restrictions on the best way, concern from small enterprise house owners is rising. In small cities, these companies depend on the foot site visitors, a lot of it coming from eating places, and lots of inform us they’re barely holding on.
“It’s been a trickle at occasions and a windfall at occasions so we’re simply driving the curler coaster like each different small enterprise,” Paula Johnston stated.
Johnston is a small enterprise proprietor in Beaver. She stated with each announcement from the state, foot site visitors within the downtown space dwindles.
“Individuals are afraid to come back out. They’re following him and we get that, however we simply actually — as a small enterprise proprietor, we depend on that foot site visitors and we hope it continues,” Johnston stated.
However Johnston is afraid it received’t. There are 15 eating places within the downtown district that carry individuals to the world, however now these doorways will probably be closed.
“It’s scary occasions, it’s been actually difficult,” Johnston stated.
One other small enterprise district going through the identical challenges is Sewickley.
“I’ve been right here 31 years, it’s unhappy to see locations go, however how a lot are you able to bear earlier than you say ‘I can’t do that anymore?’ The payments are piling up,” Janet Daugherty stated.
Daugherty owns a small store in Sewickley.
“It’s a small city, the chamber relies on fundraisers. We misplaced Sewickley Unleashed which is the canine, we misplaced the wine stroll, the chocolate stroll, the soup crawl, night time walks, the harvest competition,” Daugherty stated.
Daugherty advised KDKA the most recent mitigation efforts are a blow to small companies though her doorways can keep open.
“It’s a city the place individuals will say ‘I don’t carry this merchandise, however let me ship you to a retailer who does,’” Daughterty stated.
She fears this might be the top to many small companies throughout the area.
“If we don’t have them, what do now we have? America of America is made up of small companies that’s what has stored this nation going,” Daugherty stated.
Enterprise house owners are hopeful that individuals will assist the eating places with pickup will nonetheless cease by and assist them too.