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Snow Impacts Business

A lot of businesses called it quits with this latest winter blast. Of course that means less money coming in.

Many owners couldn't get in safely, or get their employees. Something they say is more important than dollars. There were many "closed" signs on store fronts along Waynesville's Main Street. Others debated when they might open, like Mast General Store.

Some hearty souls did open up Wednesday, but didn't expect many customers. But figuring some people would venture out as the sun came out.

"We felt like if the roads were passable people might want to get out after being all snowed in yesterday," says Eleanor Porter with Fifi's Fine Resale Apparel.

This area banks on revenue from visitors. But the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority says the cold and snow can attract folks from places like Florida as well as make them cancel cabin rentals.

"We haven't heard numbers yet for this weekend since there was all the ice in Atlanta and South Carolina, which is usually our draw during the winter," says Ashley Rice.

But one place that's seeing business boom is the Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley, which is enjoying the most snow its ever had on its slopes.

General Manager Chris Bates says his bottom line is "good."

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS


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