Closings due to Coronavirus impacting small businesses


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After Governor Andy Beshear closed all non-essential retail Monday, small businesses are concerned about their future.

“That’s the thing right now, it’s so uncertain,” Peggy Queen said.

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Beshear wants to remind Kentuckians, that does not include grocery stores, pharmacies, drug stores, liquor stores, and gas stations.

These options will all remain open so Beshear says there is no need to rush to these stores and hoard food and other products.

Peggy Queen is the owner of Peggy’s Gifts and Accessories, “It’s scary, it’s really scary. I love to say “oh I’m fine”. I love to sugar coat things but can’t really sugar coat this. It’s scary. I’ve been in business for thirty years, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s going to be different and we’re just trying to make it through.”

Peggy says they’re almost in survival mode because the store has full-time employees, who she says depend on her and who she still wants to continue to pay.

Beshear says those retailers being ordered to close can still offer phone and online orders through curbside or delivery.

For those small business owners who are having doubts, Queen says don’t give up.

“We can’t give up, that would be crazy. I feel like just cut the expenses you can cut, support your people any way you can support them and try to keep paying them cause it’s not just us it affects, it affects everyone. It’s a trickle-down.”

Queen says although the store is closed, they will continue to sell products on the store website.