Matthew Stewart, assistant manager of the Griffin Dwarf House, described how business went as the snow began to fall Friday afternoon.
“We were pretty busy all day yesterday up until about 3 o’clock,” he said in an interview Saturday morning. “We were just non-stop.”
He went home after that and did not know specifics but he did know that the Dwarf House closed at 5 p.m. Friday.
The business reopened at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, two and a half hours later than normal.
“We told our employees not to rush it, to take their time for their own safety,” he said.
He said the snow and ice had not caused any problems.
“It’s been pretty good,” he said when asked how business was going. “We started out strong in the morning.”
How late the Dwarf House will remain open depends on the weather. Stewart hopes to remain open until 10 p.m. However, if it looks like the temperature will drop and the roads freeze, the restaurant will close at 6 p.m. so the employees can return home safely.
Sears owner Craig Easterling said Friday was predicted to be a good business day because it was the first day of a state program offering rebates for people who replace older appliances with newer, energy-efficient models. On top of this, the store was having a sale of its own — 25 percent off all Energy Star-certified models.
“We should have had a fantastic day,” he said.
However, the numbers of customers dropped off as the snow began to fall. The Sears closed early on Friday night.
Easterling opened Sears Saturday at 9:40 a.m., 40 minutes later than usual. When he was interviewed in the morning, he said people were back on the roads again and hoped people would come to the store.
He said he hopes to stay open until 7 p.m., the ordinary Saturday closing time.
Mike Collins, the manager of Bunjee’s Comics on Highway 16, said he worked at the McDonough location on Friday. He said store owner Bill Phillips left the Griffin store at 4:30 p.m., when the snow began sticking to the roads. The store’s ordinary closing time is 7 p.m.
Collins opened the store at 11 a.m., the usual opening time. He said the weather has had no unusual effects on the business.
“For me it was no big deal,” he said.
He recognized the weather could have been a bigger problem for stores that open earlier, before the snow and ice had time to melt.