Icy roads cause problems for businesses

Icy roads cause problems for businesses

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Icy roads and freezing temperatures made for a slow week for businesses across Mid-South. The freezing temperatures were enough to keep people like Kelly Miller inside.

"No one wants to go out in the ice and the snow, they'd rather just stay home with their milk and bread," said Kelly Miller.

All week long, restaurants owners across the Mid-South felt the winter blast in their wallets.

"We closed all day Monday. We were closed Tuesday and Wednesday for lunch. We opened up for dinner when the roads cleared up a little bit," said William Walker, who is part-owner at Schweinehaus in Overton Square. He told WMC Action News 5 that the winter-like weather this week definitely affected his bottom line.

"When we've been open, probably 30 percent less business. It hurt a little bit," said Walker.

But maybe there's something about pizza and cold temperatures because the manager at Memphis Pizza Cafe in Overton Square says he's actually seen an increase in business this week.

"We've still been pretty busy, schools out and especially to-go orders," said David Boone.

But, for many business owners who have seen a decline, they're trying to be positive, hoping they'll bounce back this week.

"It will all come back around. People will get tired of just sitting around in the house and they'll get out," said Walker.

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