Businesses open despite icy roadways

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 7:41pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 7:05pm

Quite a few local business owners didn't let the wild winter weather stop them from getting back to work Wednesday.

"I told all my employees last night and this morning to get here if you can. If you had any concerns or anything you didn't feel comfortable with go ahead and stay home," Jim McClain, CEO and President of Jim's Fire Arms, Inc. said.

As the rest of baton rouge was thawing out Jim McClain and his crew at Jim's Fire Arms went to work. Tuesday he stayed open and actually a had busy day.

Wednesday was a different story..

"When the roads shut down, and they tell everybody don't go out there most people are going to adhere to the warning and of course it's going to be slower. Today we'll probably be 50 percent off of sales," McClain said.

McClain says it didn't matter how many people showed up. He was going to make the best of things.

"I look at it as an opportunity that really if we were not busy and really if we didn't have any customers we would get in here and clean and stock," He said.

Next door Mark Mathews also opened his store Superior Bait and Tackle.

"Well we have an online store, and there were a few things we needed to tend to," He said. "Really probably boredom didn't want to sit at the house."

He was closed on Tuesday, because of weather. He says his sales will also see a small dip, but he's not worried.

"Weather is what it is," He said. "You just go with the flow. "

Mathews went on to say: "You prepare for good days, and sometimes you need to prepare for times when things slow down."

McClain and Mathews say once the area thaws out the crowds will come back in and the sales will go back up.

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