Cold snap affecting businesses

The cold weather is affecting local businesses

NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Since the mercury dropped to below zero temperatures, people said it plays a role in how they plan their day.

“It is parking the car and walking into work that is tough. We are all riding around looking for a good space so we don’t have to walk so far. That is tough. It’s been bad,” Lucy Falatic of Warren said.

She is not alone. It seems the frigid temperatures may be keeping people from hitting local restaurants. The owner of Café 422 said the first couple weeks in January when the weather was nicer, business was great.

“Last week of January and first two weeks of February has been a little slow during the week, especially lunch business I would say more than dinner. But people are still looking to come out on weekends,” Cafe 422 owner Serdar Dede said.

Down the street at Toyota of Warren, customers who need a car won’t let the cold keep them from cruising into the dealership, but there are not too many browsers.

“Your average lookers just are not coming out right now. But people looking to buy cars are coming to the dealership and buying cars. We are pulling the cars inside, getting them out of the cold, making it a little more comfortable for them so they don’t have to stand outside and look at cars,” Toyota of Warren general manager Tim Merlo said.

At the Eastwood Mall, officials said they have not noticed any change when it comes to foot traffic.

One place that is seeing an uptick the past few days is Fizek Fitness at the Eastwood Mall, where most people are not only keeping their body temperature up by lifting weights, but also by using the tanning beds and sauna.

We have had people come in and the first thing they want to do is jump in the tanning bed or the sauna before they get into their workout,” Fizek Fitness president Bill Siwicki said.

And people across the area should get used to the cold because it looks like the arctic air will continue into the weekend.

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