Rainy holiday prompts concerns for businesses during summer season


The weather on Memorial Day didn’t cooperate for many. Off and on storms made it difficult for people to get outside and enjoy the day. The gloomy weather also caused some businesses to close for the day..

It wasn’t’t the normal holiday scene at Lake Murray on Memorial Day. The lake is a destination hotspot during the summer, but gloomy weather kept dozens of boats docked and forced some businesses to close.

7News caught up with John Pincelli while he was buying groceries. He said the rain was keeping his family at home. “We were afraid to go to the lake or someone’s house because of the rain.”

And that was the spirit of dozens of other families who decided to ditch the lake. Boat owners say hundreds of boats can be seen on Lake Murray during the summer, but on Memorial Day there were only 3.

The owner of a boat rental on the lake explained how weather can make or break a business. “Weather is everything. Even if it’s nice and sunny where we’re located if a storm rolls through most people make other plans.”

Unfortunately for business owners like Scrivener, that’s exactly what people did… make other plans.

“When we didn’t have any reservations by noon and it was raining we decided to cut staff and pull the plug for the day,” added Scrivener.

Downtown streets were bare and the lake empty. So what did people decide to do on the washed out holiday. 7News caught up with some people still trying to keep the holiday going.

“I’m cooking out with the family. My children are coming over and we’re not worried about the rain. We’re still going to cook out,” said Pincelli.

Brittany Page and her friends said they had to make alternate plans. “We went to the lake yesterday because it was a little sunshine. But today we’re going to chill out at the house and eat there.”

Some were able to make the best of a rainy situation, but for those businesses dependent on holidays and good weather, they will have to figure out how to bounce back.

“Once a day comes and goes, it’s no getting it back, so everyday it rains in the summer…. it’s one less day to make revenue.”

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