LITTLE ROCK Ark.; (KTHV)--It's day five in the dark for some Arkansans. Thousands of Arkansans without power, but crews are doing their best to get the lights back on. Despite the efforts, some businesses are losing money. Homes aren't the only thing without power, restaurants, shops, even grocery stores are in the dark and they're not just losing business, they're losing inventory.
The roads are clearing and people are getting out, many headed to restock their kitchen. Some customers are finding a few empty shelves at grocery stores that lost power. Store manager at Terry's Finer Foods says they went without power for about three days, "We do have a backup generator that handles a few things but we still had quite a loss." Some of that loss includes cheeses, chicken salad and frozen vegetables. Their biggest loss include meats, but on a positive note they they received a speedy supply of seafood. Justice says the store needs to be full for their New Years shopping rush. "We have a big sale day and by losing a lot of things it kind of put us in a bind but we are able to get a lot of things overnight," explains Justice.
Fortunately the store brought in refrigerated trucks and had a generator to save some of the merchandise, but they still lost an estimated $20,000 worth of food.
This isn't the first time Terry's Finer food has been without power. The store manager says their loss is disappointing, but it's not near as bad as the ice storm in 2009. He says fortunately their suppliers can overnight food to them. They hope to be stocked up in the next day or so.