Frequent snow hurting small businesses

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — As 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza readied to open Tuesday morning, snow fell outside the downtown New London location once again.

“It’s not great for us business owners,” said Amy Sarcia.

She says the snow scared much of her Valentine’s Day crowd away last weekend, and continues to cost her more money as it piles up in the parking lot. She’s lucky in that she pays a seasonal rate, the same price no matter how many storms, but with limited space, it still cost her more than expected.

“All the snow is taking up our parking, so we did have to pay to have the additional snow removed so that we have room for our customers to park,” said Sarcia. She says that cost about $1,200.

Sarcia also manages a nearby apartment building where she does “pay as they push” so to speak. So the more snow the plows push, the more her company has to pay.

“We’re talking tens of thousands of dollars to, you know, make our tenants safe,” said Sarcia.

“It’s just been a nightmare,” said Stephen Cardoza of Fall River Pawnbrokers. “Every time it snows it’s just another dollar out of our pocket.”

Those dollars add up. Fall River Pawnbrokers has 16 stores in southern New England, so it’s shelling out a lot more than it’s made selling snow blowers. The plows have come to their New London store almost ten times so far.

“We’re done with the snow for the season,” said Cardoza. “We want to see summer. We want to see people out in tank tops and short sleeves.”

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