GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Many Uptown Greenville businesses depend on ECU students as customers and employees, so when Hurricane Matthew hit, it took a toll.
Sup Dogs manager John Huie said they were looking forward to a busy week before Hurricane Matthew canceled the Thursday ECU football game.
“It usually starts picking up usually around on normal days five, six, seven o’clock, so yeah that was definitely a tough loss for us,” said Huie.
After the storm came through and curfews began, Huie said business took a hit.
“It was definitely a decline,” said John Huie, Sup Dogs manager. “”Basically, we were just having to go day by day and play it by ear. You know, hearing from the mayor if we were going to have to close early.”
Some of their employees were evacuated and had to find a place to live in order to continue working
“But luckily we are all family here,” said Huie. “We were all trying to help each other out, you know, and make sure people had a place to stay.”
Across the street at Catalog Connection, they faced a similar problem.
“Business was going to be booming as usual during our game weeks,” said Meredith Rowe, manager. “We lost all of that.”
Rowe said a lot of ECU student employees couldn’t get back in town from fall break.
“We kind of had to scrounge around and figure out a new schedule to make sure the people that lived here were working instead of them, so they wouldn’t have to travel back,” Rowe said.
Now, with students returning, both businesses are looking for ways to make up for lost revenue.
“They did reschedule the game for November 19 on Saturday, so that’ll still help us,” said Rowe.