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Businesses get back to normal after closures, scarce supplies from snowstorm

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- No more empty shelves or closed signs.

Dozens of businesses shut down from this past weekend up to Wednesday because of a powerful weather event that brought lots of snow and below zero temperatures.

Businesses Newschannel 3 talked to say the cold and snowy days caused them to lose money and almost run out of supplies.

But now theyre happy things are getting back to normal.

The coffee is brewing again in full force at Theo & Stacys Restaurant in Portage.

This is my 30th year in Kalamazoo. I have never seen it this bad, said Phyllis Milonas, a co-owner of the restaurant. 
    
All three locations decided to close early for three days of extreme cold and heaps of snow.
    
Yes we had a lot of decisions to make. We'd rather that our customers are safe and our employees are safe as well, Milonas said.

After several days of empty booths and losing money, a steady number of hot plates are coming out of the kitchen again.

At the Town and Country Supermarket in Kalamazoo, trucks were arriving just in time Wednesday to re-stock bare shelves and freezers.

A busy weekend took a toll on the neighborhood grocery store.
              
More snow and more snow. We start getting wiped out of the basic items; milk, eggs, bread, a little bit of beer, said grocery store manager John Holmes.

Business was slow during the polar weather, and unfortunately so were deliveries.

One day trucks were eight hours late. Vendors were a day late. Couldn't start trucks in the morning because of the cold. Yeah it pushed stuff back a little, Holmes said. 

But the grocer says they just made it.

As of today, we're fully stocked and ready to roll, Holmes said.

Both told Newschannel 3 that theres little they can do when dealing with Mother Nature.

That's part of being in Kalamazoo and in Michigan, you take the good with the bad and know you'll have slow days like that that you're going to makeup, Milonis said.

You sometimes order two, three days out. It gets here when it gets here, Holmes said.

The businesses say they will learn from all this trouble and use it to prepare for the next big storm.