TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT / KSVT) – Small business owners in Twin Falls say they continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
KMVT takes a closer look at the town of Twin Falls and its current economic situation.
For the many businesses that have had to shut down this year, many may still be feeling the impacts of such a sudden change in income earning, including Khristin Quigley, the owner of Unique twist jewelry.
âWe’re really playing catch-up,â she said. ” It’s the worst. We are making up for what we had hoped to do all summer “
While Quigley hasn’t felt the impacts as much due to her company’s online presence, she said it must be much more difficult for restaurants.
âBut especially the restaurants, they’re always half full, so it’s difficult,â Quigley said. âYou know, you still have to pay your employees, pay your rent, and pay all your other bills. This is still half the capacity of the restaurants. I can’t imagine how difficult it is.
Twin Falls Economic Development Director Nathan Murray says the Twin Falls economy is holding up, even if it is not growing like it was last summer. Murray describes the economy as stable and at a critical time when businesses are very cautious.
âSo employment is still a problem even though the number of unemployed has increased and this could have helped some companies to hire new employees,â Murray said. “I still think you treat it like a customer environment that always makes people uncomfortable in some ways.”
While the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to exist, small businesses in Twin Falls will continue to work together.
âI still think we’re in a good position from an economic development standpoint, but we certainly want to be aware that there are needs,â Murray said. âThere are people who are suffering and we want to do what we can to take it into account. “
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