Power outage hurting Lewisburg businesses

Jul 3, 2012 Full story: Charleston Gazette 20

Rikki Peters, manager of Wolf Creek Gallery in downtown Lewisburg, keeps the shop door open to cool off.

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Been there

Lewisburg, WV

#1 Jul 5, 2012
What a BS puff piece! Lazy journalism. Did this reporter ask more than one person about this supposed "RUSH" of business? I think not.
Stanley

Akron, OH

#2 Jul 5, 2012
Jim Justice don't want the power back on so guest will stay on the greenbrier property and buy its overprice food and drinks.
lol

United States

#3 Jul 5, 2012
If they can afoard rent on those run down buildings they can afoard to take a week off. They should of put the little honey that work there instead of that crusty looking old beotch then maybe people would give a crap.
G|_|E$$ \/\/H<>?

Hamlin, WV

#4 Jul 6, 2012
Been there wrote:
What a BS puff piece! Lazy journalism. Did this reporter ask more than one person about this supposed "RUSH" of business? I think not.
You dont think The Classic brings a rush of business?
Been there

Lewisburg, WV

#5 Jul 6, 2012
I have said it before and I will say it again: Go to downtown Lewisburg and downtown WSS and ASK any store, bar, or restaurant owner about the "Rush" of business they are getting from the Classic. They will all tell you the same thing. It ain't there. JJ controls the traffic flow and makes sure that when the people spend money its at HIS concessions. Visitors are not encouraged to see the rest of the area, they are steered AWAY from it. Go! Get off your lazy butt and see for yourself. You are not going to get the real story from the Gazette or the Register-Herald. I live here and I work here. I know many of the business owners and I've gotten the word from them directly. I trust them over a lazy Charleston reporter who can't be bothered to fact-check or get corroborating info from multiple sources.

Just because JJ says something, it don't make it true - a concept lost on the media.

Since: Jul 12

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#6 Jul 6, 2012
Considering Lewisburg and the majority of it's businesses IN TOWN cater to tourist, I venture to say, not everyone is as worried about wealthy Lewisburg businesses.
I'm also sure Lewisburg businesses do not direct the wealthy tourist and those who move in to the smaller, less prestigious places in the area, unless of course it is to try to buy them out.
I am not a fan of Jim Justice, but he is only doing to Lewisburg what it has done to the area.
Oh really

Lewisburg, WV

#7 Jul 6, 2012
What about White Sulphur? Remember them? The town "The Greenbrier" is located in? I suppose you're one of those, "let the peasants eat cake" types too? We should be thankful to get the press coverage? Maybe something good will trickle down in the future?

JJ builds this event up as a great boost to THE COMMUNITY when in reality THE COMMUNITY gets diddly squat other than traffic.

Face the facts: Jim sucks all the air and the cash out of any place he goes.
Manager

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 6, 2012
People keep saying that we should be thankful for the millions the classic brings to our area. I wish they would quit saying that. The millions go back to the home office of the corporations that own these hotels & restaurants. I am a restaurant manager and my intake so far this week is down about $2700. I talked to another manager of a restaurant and business has been so slow, his company is making him send employees home early and not allowing them to get their 40 hours for the week.
Been There

Princeton, WV

#9 Jul 6, 2012
First hand accounts from the trenches. The media are too lazy to ASK and report. So it's not only the small businesses that are actually losing business during the BIG BOOST TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY, it's also corporations that are losing business. Big Jim is playing us all for suckers.

Oh well, now that they have electricity so they can PUMP GAS, at least Shell and Exxon are benefitting. That helps the local economy in some obscure way...

Thanks Jim, thanks so much.

When are you people going to open your eyes?
Pedro

Rupert, WV

#10 Jul 6, 2012
Maybe I'm just naive, but I think it's shocking how little the press has covered the horrible way Lewisburg and WSS have been treated during the power outages and the PGA tour. Surely there is a reporter out there who isn't afraid to piss off Justice and reveal the truth about diverted trucks and special treatment. There is a great story here if someone wanted to report it; however, I also noticed all three local tv stations are broadcasting from the event. I suppose it's a case of you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours...sad. The regular people are getting screwed.
Friend

Norwalk, OH

#11 Jul 6, 2012
Been There wrote:
First hand accounts from the trenches. The media are too lazy to ASK and report. So it's not only the small businesses that are actually losing business during the BIG BOOST TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY, it's also corporations that are losing business. Big Jim is playing us all for suckers.
Oh well, now that they have electricity so they can PUMP GAS, at least Shell and Exxon are benefitting. That helps the local economy in some obscure way...
Thanks Jim, thanks so much.
When are you people going to open your eyes?
I have friends who own some small shops in the area who said that last year during the classic they had a successful week and couldn't wait till this years classic. They had planned on opening early & staying open late. But it seems the out of town guest are staying around the greenbrier all day and not leaving the property. It's probably due to the heat, the parking and traffic nightmare. So these shops are keeping their regular hours and 2 friends who planned on staying open till 9pm tonight & tomorrow night, closed this evening at 6pm and will only open tomorrow 9am-2pm. So where are these so called millions being spent ?
G|_|E$$ \/\/H<>?

New York, NY

#12 Jul 7, 2012
Been there wrote:
I have said it before and I will say it again: Go to downtown Lewisburg and downtown WSS and ASK any store, bar, or restaurant owner about the "Rush" of business they are getting from the Classic. They will all tell you the same thing. It ain't there. JJ controls the traffic flow and makes sure that when the people spend money its at HIS concessions. Visitors are not encouraged to see the rest of the area, they are steered AWAY from it. Go! Get off your lazy butt and see for yourself. You are not going to get the real story from the Gazette or the Register-Herald. I live here and I work here. I know many of the business owners and I've gotten the word from them directly. I trust them over a lazy Charleston reporter who can't be bothered to fact-check or get corroborating info from multiple sources.

Just because JJ says something, it don't make it true - a concept lost on the media.
Well im eating at a hardees in lewisburg that ive never eatn at, and wont again until next years Classic. And im sure im not the only one. Pretty sure all these hotels are packed too... So dont be ignorant just bc ur pissy
JJ Lapdog

Princeton, WV

#13 Jul 7, 2012
One sale for a multinational corporation, the profit being sent off to Carpenteria, Ca. It does help pick things up for them though. They've been slow as well. Normally their drive through is crammed from 12-1. Not this past Thursday or Friday. I saw it myself.
G|_|E$$ \/\/H<>?

New York, NY

#14 Jul 8, 2012
JJ Lapdog wrote:
One sale for a multinational corporation, the profit being sent off to Carpenteria, Ca. It does help pick things up for them though. They've been slow as well. Normally their drive through is crammed from 12-1. Not this past Thursday or Friday. I saw it myself.
Dont forget the city/state taxes they have to pay..:)
Screw You JJ

Princeton, WV

#15 Jul 8, 2012
OOOH! 6% of your burger went to Charleston! Thanks for reminding us! That'll help offset the $2 Million the taxpayers of WV paid for a luxury suite at the tournament so the Governor and his cronies would have something to do this weekend!
Agree

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 8, 2012
Screw You JJ wrote:
OOOH! 6% of your burger went to Charleston! Thanks for reminding us! That'll help offset the $2 Million the taxpayers of WV paid for a luxury suite at the tournament so the Governor and his cronies would have something to do this weekend!
Thank You...Why is it so hard for people to understand the money does not stay in our area. And money made at corporate owned motels, restaurants and gas stations go back to that out of town corporation. And the national exposure won't happen since half the east coast had been without power this week. I have nothing against Justice and The Greenbrier Classic. For people who enjoy golf, power to you. I hope you had a wonderful week. But if this event is so successful, why did WV give it $2 million.
Reaganite

Princeton, WV

#17 Jul 8, 2012
It's called "thanks for the campaign contribution".
Prices Prices

Princeton, WV

#18 Jul 8, 2012
Power outage isn't the only thing hurting the downtown yuuppie joints! Have you seen the prices on that shit? Just a thought!
G|_|E$$ \/\/H<>?

New York, NY

#19 Jul 9, 2012
Ok, for all of you uneducated (business-wise) ppl out there... A business, be it small or large, pays more in taxes to the city, and state, than the little 6% ur talkn ab. And yes, by large business I do mean The Greenbrier.-- Little off subject, since the thread is ab local businesses, but have you thought about the money that out of state ticket sales bring in? Or the out of state money spent at the casino? What ab all the ppl from nc/va that had to travel the turnpike? Ya kno, they dont get a 'pass' at the toll... These are just a few of the obvious dollars being poured into our state. Just wait a couple of weeks and the actual numbers will be released... Quit hatin'!
G|_|E$$ \/\/H<>?

New York, NY

#20 Jul 9, 2012
Agree wrote:
<quoted text>Thank You...Why is it so hard for people to understand the money does not stay in our area. And money made at corporate owned motels, restaurants and gas stations go back to that out of town corporation. And the national exposure won't happen since half the east coast had been without power this week. I have nothing against Justice and The Greenbrier Classic. For people who enjoy golf, power to you. I hope you had a wonderful week. But if this event is so successful, why did WV give it $2 million.
Pretty sure 'national' means nation-wide, not just the east coast. Oh, and a 3-hole playoff sure doesnt hurt ratings, regardless of the players involved.

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