Posted at: 11/10/2012 11:30 PM
Updated at: 11/10/2012 11:35 PM
By: Dan Bazile
Jerry Sykes tells Newschannel 13, “We're open and we're staying open at the present time for as long as we can. And we're sure we can stay open in the future.”
But Sykes says it's been a rough couple of years. He’s already closed stores in
“We may do a sale in the next couple of weeks to try and increase our business volume and that's where we are.”
Sykes says business took a hit on several factors that include the soft economy and a snowstorm last year during their busiest season; Halloween.
Sykes recalls, “So we lost two days of the busiest season then. But the road work was an ongoing thing. It was the most painful.”
Construction work on
“My guess is over the two year period it costs us somewhere between twenty and thirty percent,” says Sykes.
He’s now working to make sure the store remains open. Sykes say he has employees who've worked at the store for more than twenty years and they're like family -- hoping to get through this rough time together.
“You go through many different emotions. Our emotion is let's get through. Let’s go on until tomorrow and see where we go.”