Moore Businesses Struggle For Customers After Tornado
MOORE, Oklahoma - The damage is extensive in Moore, but cleanup and recovery are underway. And even as the community works to rebuild, some businesses are running into problems.
They say customers aren't showing up and that means new trouble for their bottom lines.
Since the tornado hit a couple weeks ago, businesses and restaurants have been struggling to keep their doors open as the number of customers has sharply declined. Now it's a race against time to get the cash flow so that they can stay in business.
They're open for business at Harry Bear's, but the empty tables inside tell the real story. It's usually packed at noon with orders of fried cheese constantly coming in. Now only a few customers show up for lunch. The fryer is barely being used.
Owner Jane Mitchell hasn't faced anything this bad in her 25 years in business. Every day since the tornado is an emotional rollercoaster for Mitchell. She's doing everything she can to keep Harry Bear's open.
Mitchell says it's not only her shop that needs help. Restaurants and stores all over Moore are facing the same situation as she is and she hopes that people will come down here and help them out.