Late Spring Affecting Local Businesses

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"Business is slower, sales are down, but then hopefully you can make up for it in April."

We may be three days into spring but you wouldn't know it based on the temperatures in South Central Kentucky, and you're not the only one wishing for warmer days.

Some area businesses say the chilly temps can take a toll on sales.

One local business who relies on warm weather is joking about the late spring by blaming Punxsutawney.

"We're all pretty much mad at Punxsutawney Phil because he's a big liar, because he predicted an early spring and obviously he was wrong," jokes Chris Irvine, who works at Aqualand.

And they aren't necessarily wrong to be mad at Phil with March shaping up to be colder than usual, sales can be affected at businesses that sell outdoor supplies.

"It's a two part thing, you can put a pool in in the cold weather and you can build the structure and you can do a lot of the digging but the linings are made of vinyl and they won't stretch," says Irvine.

And because spring hasn't sprung many aren't looking to buy outdoor products, just yet.

"You can advertise and run sales all you want but in this business if it's not warm its hard to get people in the door," says Irvine.

Those at Warden and Company Garden Center and Gifts are also dealing with the affects of a late spring.

"When it turns cold and snows business slows down, it's only natural, we still have a lot of people come and see what we have for spring but there's not a lot of people on the lot,"says Kenny Madison, who works at the Garden Center.

And they wish for this time last year when the high was 80 degrees.

"Well it was booming last spring when it was 80 degrees, but it's a lot slower this year when it's cold," says Madison.

"By this time we would have already been installing pool for a couple of weeks and we haven't really started installing above ground pools just yet," says Irvine.

But they're not blowing too much hot air over the low temperatures.

"We have a lot of people who pre-plan and buy pools ahead of time in the early spring," says Irvine.

"Business is slower, sales are down, but then hopefully you can make up for it in April," adds Madison.

They say business usually picks up when temperatures reach the seventies, but they may have to wait as lows are still in the thirties.

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