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KVUE Defenders: The true impact of COVID-19 on local businesses | KVUE | amazon business website

KVUE Defenders: The true impact of COVID-19 on local businesses | KVUE

KVUE Defenders: The true impact of COVID-19 on local businesses | KVUE

KVUE Defenders: The true impact of COVID-19 on local businesses | KVUE there's no question businesses have suffered because of this pandemic
What ed with losing south by southwest and the Austin city limits festival has grown to a daily struggle for bars restaurants and retailers but just how many had to close has been tough to measure until now kvue defenders sifted through months of sales tax revenue figures to get a better idea of the true impact covett has had on businesses in our communities here investigative reporter terry Iruka it's a grim picture for thousands of central texas business owners
Who had to close amid the pandemic from small mom and pop shops to businesses that have been around for generations real-life often mimics a game but the stakes are so much higher like a game of austinopoly there are lessons to unfold from this year and stark reminders of how much we've lost business was rolling along at places like Diana's flower shop in east Austin we were doing very very well then kovitt hit and business stopped it was hard to tell people they couldn't come in because this is a place
Where we gathered and we hugged and we cried and we laughed its been tough for many businesses to know how to move on the kv defenders obtained sales tax revenue data from the state comptrollers office we looked at how cities across central texas have fared over the past year to measure the toll kovit has had the records show austin has lost businesses that figure includes bars restaurants and retailers the suburbs have suffered too round rock lost businesses pflugerville even the outer lying suburbs the ones seeing the most growth are losing businesses we shut down for two and a half weeks having a patio curbside service and a contingency plan have helped hops in time in lakeway the lake travis community lost four restaurants in the last year weve kind of changed our business plan so were doing touchless menus with the qr codes rolling silverware and paper instead of nap or linen just kind of adapting now to i guess the new normal overall nine of the major cities in central texas lost businesses during the last year but there is one surprise cities are still collecting more money sales tax revenue in central texas is up across the board especially leander
Which you could say has taken the bank with an increase in sales tax revenue leander has been fantastic the not just our customers but other businesses we've all really kind of banded together Leander added eight businesses in the last year including the tasting room at neanderthal distillery I mean I was confident we were going to stick it out no matter
What and we were going to get through this Scott opened his tasting room months before the pandemic hit it was accounting for percent of sales and
When the pandemic forced them to close Scott took a chance and ed making hand sanitizer instead of selling a bottle at a time to customers we were selling gallons at a time to commercial companies it worked and kept money coming in now that the tasting room is open again they're taking reservations and business is picking back up community has been the key to business success Austin businesses have suffered from the lack of traffic more people working from home meant more people spending money near their homes it all proved too much for Diana
Who also takes care of her aging parents I know I can go back and I can open the business and well do just fine but id rather have my parents healthy and safe and cared for that no money in the world we could replace that so after years Dianas flower shop has closed like a growing number of businesses shes out of the game for good for comparison the kV defenders checked other major cities across texas and found San Antonio fort worth Dallas and Houston combined lost close to businesses san Antonio fort worth and Houston had slight increases in sales tax revenues during the last year but Dallas had a percent drop for the kV defenders in terry Iruka 'KVUE Defenders: The true impact of COVID-19 on local businesses | KVUE
KVUE Defenders: The true impact of COVID-19 on local businesses | KVUE
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