Recent Snow Fall Makes Negative Impact On Local Business

By KBJR News 1

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - More than 20 inches of snow has fallen in the Twin Ports area this month, causing many businesses that depend on spring–like temperatures to lose money.

Right about now is when people generally start to get excited about buying bedding plants or heading to the golf course.

Normally by April 18th, the sidewalks along Lake Avenue and Canal Park Drive are full of tourists and enthusiastic community members looking to dine al fresco and leave their jackets at home.

This year that is clearly not the case...and some of those who are most concerned about the lack of the usual hustle and bustle are business owners.

The extended cold season is creating financial problems across Minnesota.

The state lost 52 hundred jobs just last month, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
This is the time of year the service industry usually takes on new hires.

Places like bars, restaurants, hotels and retailers need extra employees to handle the seasonal rush.

Many of those businesses need the snow to melt to prevent any more economic loss.

"It's still going to take a week and a half or two weeks for people to be even thinking about plantings and anything out doors, but we will be ready," Rod Saline, Engwall Florist and Greenhouse, Owner, said.

Saline says he doesn't feel his business has taken an economic hit yet, but it's certainly a waiting game as he gets his spring bedding plants ready for sale.

The general manager at Nemadji Golf Club says business is down 10 percent because of the late open.

"A long winter like this is going to push the opening back two to three weeks from the middle of April to early May. The golfers are pretty depressed. There's not much to be optimistic about with all this snow. Plus it might cause more damage to the turf with all this snow and ice all winter long," Mark Carlson, General Manager of Nemadji Golf Club, said.

But it doesn't stop there.

For those of you fishing enthusiasts, the ice on many nearby lakes is still weeks away from a complete thaw.

All you can do right now is browse the lures at places like Marine General.

"That early spring fishing that we normally see, we don't have going on so those sales are a little bit slower. People are still buying electronics and they are buying rods and reels and things like that so, we're busy but that punchy for those people that are coming in ready to go out to the water is slower than usual," Russ Francisco, Owner, Marine General, said.

Russ Francisco says this is typically the time of year when boat owners get the shrink wrap removed from their vessels, but even that has been delayed.

Francisco says the temperature of a boat needs to be around 60 degrees before it can be waxed.

Justin Reis, NNC.