Bad weather good for some
It’s an ill wind that blows no one any good.
However, while this weekend’s storm brought power outages, falling trees and flooding that hurt some businesses, it wasn’t bad for everyone.
Consider the local hog farmer who received 350 gallons of melting ice cream from Rite Aid.
Store manager Vincent Pedigo said they gave the calorie-laden treats to the farmer to feed his hogs since it couldn’t stay frozen and would spoil.
While Rite Aid and many other businesses in the Brunswick Basin were closed for most of the day Monday because they were without power, that proved beneficial to businesses that sell other sources of light.
“We’ve been selling stuff like crazy: flashlights, lanterns, batteries, generators, candles,” said Gary Fowler, co-owner of B&C True Value Home Center. “Anything to do with stormy weather. Tarps. Propane heaters.”
Customers bought so much storm-related stuff that the hardware store had to make an emergency run to a True Value warehouse to restock, Fowler said.
Sharon Burr, a supervisor at Starbucks Coffee at Pine Creek shopping center in Grass Valley, said, “We were just swamped. If they don’t have electricity, they come here and have their coffee.”
Workers who repair power lines for Pacific Gas and Electricity Co. worked around the clock during the storm and were still putting in 16-hour days Tuesday, said Skip Hescock, a PG&E spokesman.
PG&E workers can pretty much count on racking up some overtime every winter. “It’s a pretty common thing, year after year,” Hescock said.
Less fortunate businesses included Rite Aid, Perkos Cafe, and Ralph’s Grocery Co. in Brunswick Basin. They were without electricity from about 3 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday.
Ralph’s only lost a minimal amount of food during the 12-hour outage because workers were able to put meat and frozen food on ice and save it, said assistant grocery manager Stacey Welch.
“We mostly just lost our sales” from having the store closed all day, she said.
At Perkos, business was brisk once the electricity came back on, but it wasn’t enough to make up for being shut down, said restaurant owner Allene Parrish.
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