BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – The winter weather is leaving a lot of snow. For small businesses, harsh winter weather can leave their stores empty of customers.
The door is unlocked and the sidewalks are shoveled in front of many stores in downtown Bismarck. Except one important detail is missing, no customers.
“Much slower considering nobody wants to be out in this weather if they can help it,” said D’Arcie Malsam of Stella’s.
Brenda Ternes has yet to see a customer on Tuesday. Still, it was busy last weekend, with customers shopping before the storm.
“We heard people say, ‘well you know if that storm hits, we have to get our stuff done early,'” said Downtown General Store owner Brenda Ternes.
The shops may not be full of customers that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Like packing online orders.
“Even on a snow day, we always have a lot going on. It feels like we’re not just relaxing,” said Malsam.
Both businesses are hoping that holiday sales will not be affected by the storm. Once the streets are cleared, they expect business to be back to normal.
“When people aren’t out or don’t want to go out or are afraid to drive, it certainly affects us,” Malsam said.
Both businesses typically see more than 30 customers a day.
Both businesses hope to be open Wednesday, weather permitting.
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