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Cold snaps hurt small business sales

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Ya Ya Club owner Angie McClelland says the recent winter storms cost her and her employees big money.

"Sales were not great," McClelland told 12News Wednesday.

When the roads froze over and bridges closed, McClelland decided to keep her boutique open for limited hours. But with drivers strongly encouraged to stay off the streets almost nobody came. McClelland says since Friday they've only sold about 10% of what they normally would have.
"As small business owners, we can't go up to our landlord and say 'Can you reduce our rent?'"

McClelland says while she understands it's always better to be safe than sorry, she says she's not sure her business had to take a hit as big as it did.

"What I think is concerning to me is the level of hysteria that was created over this particular cold weather spell," she said.
At the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, president Jim Rich says when a city like Beaumont basically shuts down for a couple days, small businesses suffer.

"It's hard to say what the long term impact is, but short term, it's strong... dramatic," Rich said.

"Hopefully if we come back strong, come back fighting, we can recover from this," said McClelland. "The good news is this [weather] does not happen very often."


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