Snowfall impacts traffic at local businesses


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Roger Brown’s Sports Bar off High Street re-opened Thursday after a drop in foot traffic due to the recent snowfall.

“Yesterday we couldn’t even open,” said owner Roger Brown. “So today, when they’re saying for drivers don’t go out in it, most cars get stuck, a lot of people can’t even get out of their driveways. So, the impact is here. It gives us a chance to catch up on things we need to do.”

Customer Brian Decker was headed to a local coffee shop Thursday when asked him about the impact of the snow on his interaction with local businesses. He said the coffee shop shut down early Wednesday, just as he arrived.

“It was my own fault because I was there too late. We were walking around taking pictures and they closed early yesterday instead of at the regular time,” he said. “They said there were not enough customers, so I’m going to try to get there on time today.”

Others, like Martha Cross, are venturing out to get supplies.

“I got my galoshes on, so I feel like a frontier woman when I get out in the snow, and if they can do it, I’m sure I can handle it too,” she said. ” … Dollar General here, they have groceries and stuff, and I need a few things.”

Nearby, Elizabeth McManus, a manager at the New York Deli, said the eatery shut down two days ago.

“Tuesday, when the snow started after 3 o’clock, been closed since then,” she said. “The cities are closed, so it’s kind of hard to get people down here, especially on this road being closed off.”

The eatery is located in a utility work zone along a very snow packed Court Street.

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