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Many local businesses permanently closing doors

Financial hits from COVID-19 have pushed several local businesses to shut their doors for good.

Posted: Oct 7, 2020 5:21 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- 2020 has been a struggle for many, including local business owners.

"Our hotel, hospitality, retail, restaurant businesses are the ones who are suffering the most right now," said Brittany Quick-Warner, who serves as the President and CEO of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce,.

According to Quick-Warner, it doesn't make sense for a lot of businesses financially to keep holding on.

"Any kind of additional costs that businesses have had to incur because of regulations, you know the lack of income that they're getting because they either have reduced customer flow or they've have to close altogether," she said. "It doesn't make sense."

In March, Brew Dr. Teahouse in downtown Eugene temporarily closed their doors and laid off all staff. Seven months later and they plan to close for good on Oct. 18.

In a statement posted on the company's Facebook page, they said: "The economic challenges of the past year have forced us to make the previously unthinkable decision to permanently close our teahouses."

Brew Dr. Tea opened in 2006. They had five different locations across the state.

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