When winter weather strikes, people think about basic necessities: food, shelter and emergency preparations.
But keeping up with demand can be difficult for stores when roads are full of ice and snow.
Here’s a sampling of businesses that keep us going when it’s cold outside:
“Our customers count on us when the weather turns severe, so it’s important to have the products they’re looking for in order to feed their families,” said Sheila Lowrie, Dillons spokeswoman.
Immedia te Medical Care (IMC), 4722 W. Kellogg Drive
“We try to stay open,” says physician owner Grover Hershberger. “We do a lot of business with employers in the area, and they always have employees who are injured. We have about 400 companies we’re responsible for (seeing employees with) workman’s compensation. We’re trying to be available for them and this is a prime time for that to occur.”
Fahnestock Plumbing, HVAC and Electric, 3532 N. Comotara
“When the weather’s bad, we’re still here, in either extreme hot or cold,” said Bob Hill, chief financial officer.
Indian Hills Hardware, 2439 W. 13th St.
“Any time there’s inclement weather, I feel it’s the mission of the neighborhood hardware store to be open to service the needs of the community,” said Wayne Butterfield, general manager. “With severely icy roads, I must weigh the safety of employees against the needs of the community. It’s very rare for us not to remain open during our published hours.”
Espresso To Go Go, 102 N. St. Francis
“We just feel like our hours are our hours and luckily we have four-wheel drive,” said Ann Tandoc, who owns the coffee shop with her husband, Warren.