It's no secret that the coronavirus has hurt lots of businesses. Small businesses have been hurt the most. Many laying off or furloughing workers with some never reopening. Some big national retailers are going bankrupt and talk plans of closing. Search recent examples of this are J Crew, IHOP, JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, and others. Small busineeses are the ones that need you the most.
I work at a small restaurant. We only have two locations. This past week most days within the couple of hours of opening each day we only had maybe like four or five orders completed and within those two hours we may have made it about a hundred dollars. We are known for being a buffet but they're in the current circumstances we cannot operate the buffet nor allow dine in. This was our life blood for many years where I work at. One of the waitresses had said in the last 30 years that she had worked there this is the slowest it's been. And Sunday was mother's day in the United States. That's one of the busiest times of the year for restaurants next to Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. Our take out was so slow they had to send some workers home early. Yesterday morning when we opened up by one we only had three orders. They let the majority of us go home early I was scheduled to work till 7 but they sent me home at 1.
Here's what I don't understand. Companies like McDonald's, Burger King, Hardee's, Arby's and places like that can get massive crowds backed up for a long lines in their cars. But the smaller restaurants and the more casual dining chains that are offering take out are hardly getting any business if at all. People talk so much about shopping local and supporting local businesses. If they talk about it why isn't it being done? Why are we not the ones thriving instead of the bigger chains. I mean in all fairness casual-dining itself is in a pinch. Restaurants like Ruby Tuesday, applebees, IHOP, Denny's, and waffle House are suffering. Albeit a lot of these places were suffering before the pandemic but I feel like the pandemic just made things worse. When you buy from a small business you're helping that community. It could be helping to fund Little league uniforms. It could be helping local parks. You also could be helping to fund local missions that help the homeless. And now there's a lot of talk of movie theaters also going on the decline. Just yesterday I was reading the Amazon is planning the purchase the AMC theater chain. Cinemark is closing a majority of its theaters down. I just step back and think what in the world has happened to economy and commerce in America? Is this really because of a virus, or is there a bigger picture out there of what's happening? Anyways, support your small businesses because honestly I don't think many of them are going to last much longer.