Winter storm benefits businesses around TCU

first_imgNewsCampus NewsThe 109The 109 NewsWinter storm benefits businesses around TCUBy Schuyler O’Brien and Katherine Griffith – March 4, 2021 909 What we’re reading: Trump, homelessness, McDonald’s, O’Rourke ReddIt Schuyler O’Brien + posts Katherine Griffith What we’re reading: House Democrats press on, Houston community remembers fallen officer Schuyler O’Brien Katherine Griffith Katherine Griffith Twitter Schuyler O’Brien + posts print ReddIt Previous articleStudent e-commerce startup helps upcoming TCU designers grow their businessesNext articleWhat we’re reading: Alabama extends mask mandate, immigration centers in Texas prepare for change Schuyler O’Brien and Katherine Griffith Second phase of Fort Worth Zoo renovation project to open in mid-Aprilcenter_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Katherine Griffith Spring athletes get another year of eligibility Twitter Katherine Griffith Facebook Basketball player finds second family at TCU Linkedin Many students and staff were negatively affected by last month’s winter storm, but businesses around the TCU community benefited from the disruptions. Robin Smith, manager at Jabo’s ACE Hardware, said before and during the storm, the store sold out of ice melt, salt, ice scrapers and sleds. For a store that doesn’t see many customers on a regular basis, the storm brought in more money. Customers didn’t stop there as demand continued to grow even after temperatures rose.Residents with plumbing issues were quick to find ACE Hardware. The store sold out of plumbing equipment twice. Smith said the easiest way to fix pipes is by using Sharkbites, which can be expensive. “If I had to estimate [the cost of fixing pipes] it would be in the hundreds because lots of the plumbing parts are the most expensive,” Smith said.Hardware stores weren’t the only ones with more customers than normal. Since many students were without electricity, warm meals were hard to come by and they turned to local restaurants.Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Berry Street only lost power for one day, and was the only restaurant open at other times. Lines were out the door during some days when repair crews were still unable to use roads. “We got slammed – nonstop lines out the door,” said Eduardo Jimenez, the general manager of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. Since delivery services were not operating due to poor road conditions, members of Fuzzy’s staff had to go buy the food for the restaurant themselves. “The only expense we had was with our food distributors so we had to go out and buy our own at different price points,” Jimenez said. President Biden declared the event a natural disaster, and it is estimated to be the costliest disaster in Texas history. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided a $600,000 fund to aid survivors of the winter storm. Facebook Reservations at TCU Recreation Center in high demand due to pandemic guidelines World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img

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