Blakely businesses face hardships

Some have temporarily closed their doors and others are on the brink of closing.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:58 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Businesses everywhere continue to adjust their hours, temporarily close their doors and in some cases are on the brink of closing due to lack of work interest.

“It’s certainly been a struggle, but we lost a lot of business from the virus, everybody was hesitant on spending any money on land development,” Kyle Moore, owner of Moore Land Management, said.

Moore is urgently looking for employees.

“We really want somebody with equipment experience, maybe mechanical skills, because right now I’m having to do all of the mechanical work and its kind of hard me being owner and operator,” Moore said.

The business has five pieces of equipment which needs employees to operate, but right now it is only Moore and three others working that equipment which is causing a struggle.

“If these positions aren’t filled I’ll keep going as long as the banks will let me,” Moore said. “I mean we’ll keep chugging along working these atrocious hours every single day and just do what we can.”

Moore is not alone.

When it comes to retail, businesses are struggling with hiring people to fill position and not being able to get shipments in to sell in their stores.

“It’s pretty tough, really and truly,” Roger Beckley, owner of The Crate Market, said.

With the current challenges, Beckley said they had to make a tough decision and temporarily close their doors due to hiring and inventory issues.

“Inventory and shipping is probably our biggest problem right now, everything has gone up in cost and delays and time,” Beckley said.

Beckley hopes to have the store back up and operating within the next 30 to 45 days.

“We really had no other options on it,” Beckley said. “I mean the people need the services, it just has to make sense for them to be able to purchase, and it has to make sense for us as business owners to make smart decisions.”

When the store does open its doors back up, it will be revamped.

“We’re going to shrink down one side of the store into a more focused department store area and the other side we are going shift over into some kind of family fun center,” Beckley said.

The Crate Market is not forever closed and will continue to be an amazon delivery partner for the Blakely area, but Taylor these businesses need employees to continue their work.

The Crate Market takes in person applicants only.

Click here to apply for Moore Land Management.

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