EUGENE, Ore. -- The recovery process for downtown Eugene businesses that were looted over the weekend will look different for each one, as some plan to open their doors sooner than others.
Jose Pena is the general manager at Five Guys on 7th Avenue. After his shop took a major hit, closing doors for four days, he said staff is preparing to welcome customers back through their doors.
“Right now, we are doing our best to open business tomorrow,” Pena said. “Of course, it’s just going to be to-go orders.”
Shattered glass and stolen property were not the only damage done. Pena said that it’s unfortunate staff members had to suffer from the closed doors.
“We lost labor” Pena said. “It’s been already four days without work for at least 15 people. Of course the damages of windows, and patio tables are gone.”
At the property at 7th Avenue and Washington Street alone, more than half a million dollars in damage was done. The full recovery will be a gradual process.
“It will affect our business too for the next two or three weeks because windows are not going to be installed for the next three weeks,” Pena said.
Lisa Hamrick-Varga is the owner of The Black Pearl Salon within Sola Salon Studios in Eugene. Twenty entrepreneurs set up shop there, and she said they could only watch and pray that the chaos would not spiral into their direction.
“We were just on pins and needles and very terrified about this,” Hamrick-Varga said.
She said she is grateful that her salon was one of the lucky ones that did not get hit, but she recognizes the challenges and set-back this will be for businesses affected.
“Protecting one another but also not becoming too fearful,” Hamrick-Varga said. “Because I think it's really important that we continue to support one another as best we can.”