York businesses returning to normal following snow storm
After Saturday's snow storm brought much of York County to a standstill, grocers, retailers and other businesses are quickly working to return to normal operations.
Dave McCorkle, president and CEO or the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA), said "the worst is behind us," and state officials have been good at clearing major roadways to allow supplies to reach their intended destinations.
Samantha Krepps, Giant Food Stores spokeswoman, wrote in an email, "We are actively working with our vendors and suppliers to restock our shelves in a timely manner, so we can provide our customers with the product that they need to restock their own pantries."
Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets spokesman, said some of their stores closed around 2 p.m. on Saturday, but all have reopened since Sunday. The have received all necessary shipments, and employees are busy restocking shelves, he said.
Alex Baloga, PFMA's vice president of external relations, said one of the most important things state officials have done is expanded hours for truck drivers due to the emergency. Truck drivers' hours behind the wheel are limited by law, but since many drivers weren't able to move on Saturday, the state has allowed those hours to be expanded to ensure supplies can reach customers, Baloga said.
Rutter's Farm Stores has had to deal with a few vendors unable to make their deliveries, but a majority of their locations were able to remain open throughout the storm, according to spokeswoman Suzanne Smith.
"Some employees chose to stay (in the stores during the storm) and take shifts resting," she said.
Smith added that stores had prepared well for the storm, making sure items including ice melt and shovels were fully stocked for customers. Normally operated 24/7, Rutter's was forced to close 28 of its stores for a certain amount of time on Saturday, she said.
While other businesses attempt to bounce back from business lost during the storm, Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry is seeing a boost in sales.
Chris Dudding, spokesman for the ski, snowboard and tubing resort, said the business would've preferred the snow to fall during the middle of the week, but school closures have resulted in a busy Monday.
Monday's sales at the resort were reminiscent of a Saturday, while Saturday fell flat due to customers' inability to reach Roundtop, Dudding said.
Roundtop had been behind schedule due to the relatively dry winter, with the resort able to create enough snow to open 100 percent of its operations just last week, he said.
Dudding added that the biggest advantage of the snow storm is the excitement it creates, as many parents seem to be using their time off to take the kids out for some winter fun.
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