Local businesses face major losses during power outages
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Many people in Middle Georgia are still feeling the after effects of Irma. Thousands are without power, including businesses.
“This really sets people back a long, long way,” said former Liston Grocery owner, Bert Liston. “We just recently sold it this last May to a new group, the Patel Family and they’re doing an excellent job of running this place. They just started business two weeks and unfortunately we hit this blip on the radar.”
Liston and his family opened the store in 1963 and leased it after 2000, but have always kept an eye on it. The Listons know the struggle it is for the new owners.
“Power is just something the country can’t do without,” said Liston. “It takes weeks to make up what you lose during this time. Not only a lost business, but lost products you lose because of no power.”
Liston’s Grocery is not the only business in the area without power. Power outages stretch down Highway 49 for several miles.
“Cost wise, I’m looking at probably $10,000,” said owner Ronald Thibodeaux. He says he not only did he have to throw out food, but hasn’t been able to open or make any income.
“Major money loss for us. Like today is one of our better days,” said Thibodeaux. “Tomorrow would be a real good day and Saturday. We’re not going to be able to open until probably Monday or Tuesday of next week.”
“It is an extreme hardship on small businesses, but we will survive, life moves on,” said Liston.