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Mid-Michigan businesses suffer huge loss after power outages

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(12/27/13) - It's day six, and still no luck for many who are out of power.

Homeowners aren't the only people affected this week - so are local business owners.

Miller Road is typically a bustling place this time of year, but some parking lots were empty nearly all week due to power outages. The power has since been restored to one strip mall, but other businesses are still out.

The business owners in one strip mall have been without power since Sunday.

We spoke with the owner of Beadin Mon, and she says she's losing hundreds of dollars a day because of the storm.

"It's hurt our after Christmas sales that we always have, our end of the year sales. It hurt the first couple of days just before Christmas. It was tough. That's a good part of the business, the year of end sales is a great sale time of the year, so yeah, it's been pretty tough, it's a good several hundred of dollars a day in sales so we'll hopefully make that up. We'll have a beginning of the year sale," said Monica Winget, of Beadin Mon.

Many of the business owners are coming by their stores daily to see if the power is back on. Some of them were told it could be Saturday when they get power.

There are only a few stores in this plaza that are operating off of a generator. Customers have been stopping by the plaza everyday to see if the stores are open.

"Thought maybe if I came back today, maybe the power would be back on, but I see they still don't have any," said customer Jacqueline Wiggins.

Store owners say they've not only lost power, but they've lost a lot of revenue this week and some are unsure how they're going to pay the bills.

We talked to the business owner of Sunrise Coast Tobacco. They have also been operating off of a generator. This is supposed to be one of their busiest times of the year and they had zero customers. Store owner Rick Barnum says just in the past week, they probably lost more than $10,000.

"And then with Christmas season being the largest season of the year and being down, that has a major impact on our final numbers, so it's definitely difficult to get the bills paid by the end of the year," he said. "I'm just kind of surprised that it's taken almost a whole week for the business district along Miller Road to get up and running."

Not only is the business going to have a financial sale loss, the owner is also planning for an inventory loss.

"We have to keep the temperatures and the humidity up in those humidors to preserve the stock that we have in there so we've been doing that for about 10 or 12 hours a day. So far we've done OK, but I'm sure we're going to have some inventory loss because of that," he said.

The good news is that we have seen some work crews along Miller Road, Friday. Hopefully the power will be restored and these stores will be up and running before the weekend is over.

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