With widespread power outages since Friday, many businesses were forced to close their doors to the public. Some business owners were lucky enough to keep their doors open, but many of them say it's less about revenue and more about helping residents.
The sound of generators running rings through villages and cities throughout Northwest Ohio. While many residents continue to sit in the dark, business owners face similar situations. Five of the twelve Rays Supermarket locations lost power Friday night, and as a result, lost not only business, but products as well.
In Ottawa, Arby's also lost power during the storm, but was able to bring in a large generator, and operate on a cash only basis. With surrounding restaurants sitting in the dark, numbers are up for store owner Roger Rhodes, but he says its not about the money, its about the people.
Down State Route 65, past all of the downed power lines, sits Kohls grocery store in Columbus Grove. Lucky enough to get electricity back today, managers are thankful that they can be there when residents need them most.
One of the few lucky businesses that maintained power--Lima's DeHaven Home & Garden. Seeing an increase in generator sales and other safety supplies, store managers are happy to help residents in need, but say at times it was tough to keep up.
As power crews work around the clock, some businesses will continue to sit in the dark, while others continue to thrive.