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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Businesses We Regret to Predict Are on Their Way Out Due to Covid-19

You know what I am the most bugged about? Why were small clothing stores ever closed? There was never a good reason. We may still lose a few clothing  stores in West Seattle - where I live - and we've already lost a few. 

Here are my predictions so far as to businesses that will probably not survive the Covid pandemic. 

1. Bars. When I think of scenes from all my favorite movies, memories from my own life, and think of how many people bars employ... this really makes me sad. 

2. Restaurants. While I hope I am wrong about this but honestly, I have to say I agree with most of what the news is saying:  a lot of restaurants may not make it through this or the next virus which could soon follow. This, while sad, may not be such a bad thing. There really are too many restaurants and not enough food trucks! 

I think we need to get some new laws going too, that make the fees for parking a food truck less, open up the waterfront in Seattle, and Alki Beach for food trucks. The laws saying they can't park there are vague as to why. I figured it was about the seagulls and seals, but it's supposedly about protecting local businesses. Well, I argue that the local businesses are failing on their own. There's a HUGE parking lot -the boat launch facing the skyline of Seattle, and as of now the restaurant Marination is the only restaurant that benefits from it. If food trucks came up with a real plan and were held liable to pick up all trash and created a rotating schedule of say 2-3 trucks during the week and 6-8 on weekends, well what would that hurt? Depending on the Covid, it may be too hard to do that many if it attracts crowds but again, that parking lot is HUGE! 

Don't get me started on Salty's. Their manager pretty much begged me to take my review down. They are so overpriced and their food is so mediocre, why not let some food trucks share the wealth? 

Then we have Duke's who just got shut down over a rash of Covid cases. They have ONE thing that I love on their menu, and I actually made it myself from memory of taste. It's mussels in a hot sauce with sourdough bread. Let's not forget about the 2-3 restaurant spaces that can't manage to stay open for more than a few months. The bars down there are on borrowed time. So again, why not allow at least a few food trucks down there? I will be actively looking into this.

3. House Cleaning Businesses. Now hear me out, because I used to own one. People do not need help cleaning their house if their kids are home and their husbands are working at home. If this pandemic gets worse, and kids are kept home, maybe it's time to get the kids on board with helping more around the house. And if I may be so blunt, many of the local  cleaning businesses hire or are Mexican and Hispanic. They are very high risk for Covid. I would not want to take that risk until we know more about this virus. Is it really worth it just so you don't have to clean your own toilet? 

4. Cruise Ship Industry. I don't pretend to know about every business, and I have never been on a cruise, but here is an interesting article about it... it reads "Thomas Gilbert, an economics professor at the University of Washington, said our saving grace in Western Washington is the tech industry, which provides thousands to earn a good, steady paycheck and work remotely. However, he says so many other industries have been financially ruined by this crisis and may never return." Gilbert said he is hopeful that many restaurants will weather the crisis; other experts say a large percentage of restaurants will close permanently. 

He said he believes COVID-19 is a death sentence for retail. "This (sector) was already on a down slide from the past decade, and this crisis is the last nail in the coffin," he said. "I think standard malls, I'm thinking Northgate Mall and so on, (it) is over." Other industries that will struggle include cruise ship companies. "I think in Seattle, the cruise ship industry is not coming back (with) the disaster stories we’ve heard unfortunately about cruises," Gilbert said. "People are not going to go back on cruises." Read more HERE
5. Big retail stores. I'm talking about Macy's and the like. This is no big news. Luckily for those of us that love certain brands, we will always have online stores to shop at. Still, during Christmas, we will all surely miss shopping at Macy's, Bloomingdale's, and all the other stores we all love to visit during the  holidays.  Many other small businesses as well will close over the virus. The Washington Post published this in May. That was before the numbers skyrocketed in June and July.

I guess we can say goodbye to parades as well

It reads "Tearful, heartfelt announcements about small-business closures are popping up on websites and Facebook pages around the country. Analysts warn this is only the beginning of the worst wave of small-business bankruptcies and closures since the Great Depression. It’s simply not possible for small businesses to survive with no income coming in for weeks followed by reopening at half capacity, many owners say. Read more HERE.  

Live music/event ticketing companies are hanging on by a thread. I found a pretty good article on Billboard, however their website SUCKS! I LOATHE websites with SO many ads that you can't even read the damn article! 
Lastly, and most importantly, it's predicted that 40% of black owned businesses will not make it. Think about that. African Americans are high risk for Covid-19 AND losing their businesses. Think of that $1200.00 they gave "everyone" in the stimulus package, is that not precisely the cost for 1 person to get cremated?
Remember to think for yourself 

Read more about all the black owned businesses that are closing HERE

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