Shutdown fears concern small business

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As coronavirus cases rise across Ohio and the Governor threatens another shutdown, businesses are left wondering if they will be able to survive this pandemic.

Exalted Nutrition is a Zanesville health and wellness store that has been in business for more than 8 years. During the March stay-at-home order the health department would only allow them to do curbside order pick-up.

“In the midst of doing that our business was off 80 percent during those six weeks. Everybody that works here has other jobs. So we have other things to fall back on, but we do this because one we enjoy it and two it helps us to pay our bills. In that situation we were able to keep our doors open, but looking as to where we are now probably 30 to 40 percent of our customers have not come back,” said Noel Colyer, manager.

Colyer said when customers are forced to look online for products it has a ripple effect across the community.

“Those dollars do not stay here. Those dollars go someplace else. Those dollars that were spent here were going back towards taxes to pay for services that we have here locally. We are very competitively priced, but during a pandemic if you can’t shop here your forced to shop someplace else and I think it hurts us long term in terms of not only for us individually, but for businesses all over Muskingum County.”

A decrease in yearly revenue also prevented the business from being able to provide donations to youth sports and veterans organizations as they have in previous years.

If another shutdown is mandated Colyer said they may not ever be able to re-open their doors.

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