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Snow Hits Kent Co. Stores Hard

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Stores that rely on foot traffic for business had a tough week. The bad weather forced stores in downtowns across the Peninsula to be closed Thursday or at least to close early.

Shovelers cleared the last of the snow and ice off the sidewalk in front of Bayard Pharmacy Friday morning. The build up of those piles led to a slow day for Erik Mabus.

"The whole time we were open, we were pretty much dead," he said.

Mabus said he tries to be open when they're supposed be.

"We like to be here just in case somebody needs us. Then when it gets to the point where it's unsafe, then we try to close up and get everyone home," Mabus said. "We closed up at 2 p.m. We're usually here until 6:30."

Across the street at Computers Fixed Today, Theo Morgan was having a busy day Friday, because he'd had a slow day Thursday.

"We opened up at 10 a.m. and we've already had five people come into the store, and the lion share of those individuals would have come yesterday had the weather not been so bad," he said. "After noon pretty much everybody stayed home. Well, I was here."

And the snow didn't deter everyone. Morgan said two of his customers did brave it to pick up their repaired computers.

Still, it definitely affected shops up and down Loockerman Street in some form or fashion. A sign in the window announced one store's snow closure.

33 West is a popular restaurant among workers at state offices in Dover, but those offices were closed Thursday.

"The weather - it sucks," said its manager Friday morning.

It all has people who run businesses hoping spring gets here as soon as possible.

"I'm ready for spring for us just to have that every day we know we're going to be here, customers to know we're going to be here," he said.

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