Snow Storm Hits Local Businesses
COLUMBIA - Monday night's snow storm caused multiple businesses to shut down for the first time in years.
Taxi Terry's and Pickleman's stopped operating for much of the evening. Both companies made the decision after they had vehicles involved in car accidents.
Terry Nickerson, owner of Taxi Terry's, said it was a business and safety decision.
"The risk, just outweighed the reward," said Nickerson.
It was a rare occasion for Taxi Terry's, which has been open 24/7 since it opened in 2009.
"It was one of the worst days on the roads. We've been open 20 months, and yesterday, last night, was the first time we've closed," said Nickerson.
Taxi Terry's reopened around 6 a.m. Tuesday but operated with a smaller fleet of cars.
Nickerson said business was slower than usual Tuesday morning. He said many of Taxi Terry's customers are regulars who take trips to senior centers or work everyday.
Nickerson said Tuesday morning was similar to a weekend morning.
"Taking people to their abandoned cars is something we usually do on the weekends when customers have been at the bars the night before," said Nickerson.
Columbia Police Department spokesperson Jill Wieneke told KOMU-TV that police will usually mark the cars on the sides of road with yellow tape. She said Columbia police do not penalize people for keeping their vehicles on the side of the road as long as they are not obstructing traffic.
Pickleman's manager Keith Royer said business was back to normal on Tuesday, but some side streets were still difficult to get to.
He said accidents at both ends of Old 63, as well as an accident involving a delivery driver forced Pickleman's to stop delivering Monday night.
"A lot of snow, in a short amount of time, really puts us at the mercy of the plow trucks and stuff like that," said Royer.