Feb 2, 2015 5:52 PM

Many NH stores close due to latest winter storm


CONCORD - Another day, another storm - that's how it has been for more than a week in the Granite State, and businesses are having a tough time catching up.

In Concord streets were essentially empty - as many stores decided to simply close.

For those who didn't, they knew business would be impacted.

"Obviously it's a little slower - I mean you saw on main street, there's no cars out there," said Jared Madison of Wellington's Market Place. "So people that can work from home tend to work from home."

Shoppers were few and far between for most of the day.

One of them that decided to go out was Chris Labbe.

"I just took a break from work," Labbe said. "I'm working from home today and came out - figured it would be a very quiet day down here."

And quiet it was - putting the pressure on local stores who are trying to make payroll and pay bills.

"We would have our crews out and we would schedule them to go out everyday - if we end up cancelling that really makes it a pain to try to reschedule everything," said Gary Hammond, the Vice President of Cadieux Flooring.

As snow continues to pile up - it's a sight that isn't always pretty for businesses trying to make ends meet.

In downtown Portsmouth today, store after store was closed. Sidewalks were still buried under inches and inches of snow.

But in a better light, economists tell NH1 they're confident businesses will get through it - and that customers will still have to do the things they missed today later in the week.

"All of those things are going to take place eventually," said Dennis Delay of the NH Center for Public Policy. "In other words, the doctor's appointment will get rescheduled and will happen. People will be able to go out shopping again in a couple of days."

Delay adds that luckily, research has shown that winter storms aren't as devastating to the economic cash flow as other major weather events - like destructive hurricanes or ice storms.

But it still can be a pain.


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