BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) - Our area dodged a direct impact from Hurricane Florence, but storm preparations impact business' bottom lines whether we get the weather or not.
The Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce says when people are glued to their TVs watching the weather and preparing their homes for hurricane, they aren’t out spending money in the community as usual.
Barbers of the Lowcountry is one business that saw fewer customers because of Hurricane Florence. The shop actually stayed open all of last week, but with so many people evacuated or out of their normal routines, they weren’t coming in for haircuts. Owner Brent Nelsen says he losses of about 20 percent, which is about $2,500.
“It’s something that we can’t get back, because obviously, what we do is based on time and we can’t get that time back so it does affect us. Our bills stay the same, however, so it does put a little hurting on us, and not just me as a business owner, but the individual barbers as well," said Brent Nelson, Co-owner, Barbers of the Lowcountry.
“Even though someone may have been evacuated three days or five days, the impact of that could be three weeks literally up to a month," said Theresa Jackson, Chief Operations Officer, Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.
Jackson says they hope the community gets back into its normal routine quickly and supports local business, as they do the same.