Enterprise businesses react to closures


ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) -- Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has ordered all non-essential businesses to close their doors for the next 3-weeks.

This includes a lot of small local businesses here in the Wiregrass.

In cities like Enterprise, small locally owned business are the backbone of the local economy.

Now that Governor Ivey has ordered non-essential businesses to close, some businesses will certainly feel those effects.

Hello Beautiful Boutique owner, Wendy Grimes says “as a small business owner our income is reliant on the public and so when our doors are not open clearly it is very difficult for us to make an income.”

Grimes has been a small business owner for just 6 weeks and now has to close her store thanks to the Coronavirus.

Once Wendy heard the news she took a moment to let reality sink in.

“I think the immediate obviously is a little bit of, I’ll say fear, but I also know that we have to do what’s right for the public and we want to protect everyone and we want to do the right thing so that we can come back stronger than ever,” she said.

But Wendy soon began thinking of ways she can provide for her customers while her store is closed.

“They’ll be able to continue to, hopefully, shop from home. We’ll figure out PayPal. We’ll figure out something for those customers because I think they just need a little happy in their life right now,” Grimes said.

Other businesses, such as salons who rely on clients to make a living, will also be closed.

Southern Roots Salon owner, Nancy Anderson says “I’ve been doing hair for 47 years and I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Anderson has been anticipating the mandated closure and knows her business will feel the impact.

“Financially, all of us, it’s going to take a hit,” Anderson said.

But she knows that once she is able to open her doors back up it will be business as usual.

“I can tell you this, women and men a like love to keep their hair looking good. And when we come back to work it will be 14 hour days but we will be absolutely ready. We’re going to be okay,” Anderson said.

Despite stores closing and employees being out of work, business owners believe in their city and believe they will get through this together.

“I must say about Enterprise and the surrounding area we have the best customers out there. They love their local downtowns. They’re going to come back when they are able to get out of their houses, they’ll be back,” Grimes concluded.

Non-essential businesses will close March 28th at 5pm until April 17th.

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