Cold weather impacts local businesses

By Lorena Inclan

AMARILLO, TX--Local businesses are feeling the effects of the bitterly cold temperatures on their bottom line ether by closing early or not opening at all.

Although the temperatures are supposed to rise in the next couple of days, one local business said their low sales from yesterday and possibly today may still leave them out in the cold.

Every Tuesday, Rosa's Cafe promotes Taco Tuesdays. According to their manager it's their busiest day of the week but with temperatures reaching well below zero, both Rosa's Cafe locations were slower than ever.

"We were down 40% at our store on I-40 and 35%-40% at our other store. It worries us a lot because of sales but also on Tuesdays is when our employees put in most of their hours" said Lucy Hernández, Field Marketing Manager at Rosa's Cafe.

Hernández said although they did not close early, they were forced to send several employees home due to slow business. In turn affecting the employees' pay checks as well.

Rosa's Cafe was not the only one affected, businesses from chiropractic offices to pet groomers also closed their doors.