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Businesses brace for storm, hold off closing

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By: Melissa Toupin

The timing of the storm is not great for many area businesses. Friday and Saturday are the busiest days of their week. For that reason many companies are retailers are holding off closing.

"Usually a storm is on a Tuesday. Monday's aren't too bad. But when you get a weekend storm like this it's tough," said Joe Ribeiro, owner of Mozzarella's Italian Grill & Bar in North Providence.

Ribeiro says his decision will take into account employee and patron safety.

"We cut down our staff to a skeleton crew," said Sana Asstafan, owner of Blake's Tavern Restaurant, Bar, and Irish Pub in Providence.

Blake's Tavern will stay open.

"We've always been open throughout all the storms we've had, including the hurricane," said Asstafan. "The only time we've closed is when it's mandated by the mayors office."

At Colonial Toyota in Smithfield preparations are already underway. The dealership has 250 cars on it's lot that will need to be brought in, or shoveled off.

"It's kind of organized chaos here, but we do have a lot of work ahead of us," said Customer Relations Manager Rayna Botvin.

One by one the workers will put a key in every single car, and tightly pack them inside. Crews will plow the lots through out the storm.

Of course all these best laid plans could change if a state of emergency is called.



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