By Carlie Kollath / NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The snow kept customers away Monday, but owners of several businesses said they opened to serve a need.
Vanelli’s was one of them.
“These days are fun days to work,” said Vaz Vanelli, owner of Vanelli’s restaurant, “because the people out are the people trying to be of assistance to the people who have to work. I’m here for them because they’re here for us.”
Vanelli said his restaurant opened Monday with a small crew of employees who volunteered to work. Many of the customers were city employees, street cleaners and emergency personnel trying to deal with about six inches of snow that fell Sunday and Monday.
Papa V’s in Fairpark also fed a lot of the city workers. Employee Shirley Price said the hot deli food was a big hit Monday.
She had only one customer in search of bread and milk.
Todd’s, Kroger and Walmart were open Monday and busy restocking shelves after the weekend onslaught of shoppers who stocked up before the snow hit.
Kroger’s Crosstown location at 11 a.m. had plenty of milk and bread but was out of ground beef and had six dozen eggs left. Shipments were expected Monday.
Store manager Michael Storey estimated business at 10 percent of his normal traffic. Shoppers were buying just a few items and saving the big trips for later.
At Todd’s, shoppers were sticking to small purchases, as well.
“They’re coming in for one or two things to fix today,” said employee Michelle Layton.
Business was slow, as well, at Magical Tans on West Main, but owners Don and Barbara Taylor opened because it gave them time to catch up on their to-do list.
“I feel that when you’ve got a business, you need to be here, regardless,” said Don Taylor.