Pandemic woes hit Laurel businesses

By 
Kathleen Gilluly
Thursday, January 7, 2021
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Laurel businesses have faced a number of serious challenges over the past nine months because of the pandemic. It’s evident by looking at restaurants and other businesses that closed here last year. But, it hasn’t all been bad news.

While the Beartooth Grill, Hardees, and most recently Taco Johns have closed their doors, Fiesta Mexicana has opened in the location of the old Guadalajara’s in the Locomotive Bar building. There is a new Wendy’s next to IGA. There are also rumors of a sandwich shop opening in the new hotel complex going up off of SE Fourth St., across from O’Reilly’s Auto Parts.

On Main St., some businesses have moved or expanded, while others have closed. 406 Kids moved east to the 100 block of E. Main. Uniquities, an antique shop has also moved into space on the block; but the Harmony coffee shop and boutique is closing, soon to be resurrected in some form.

Of course, there are hidden damages to businesses that aren’t as evident. Local ranchers and farmers have had difficulties with supply chains and getting their products to consumers. Others have struggled to keep employees amid lockdowns and school closures.

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