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Slippery roads and poor visibility may have been a partial cause for this Suburban to drive off the street Monday in Jamestown. (John M. Steiner / The Sun )1 / 2
Julie Bergh pushes snow to the street Monday in front of the Jamestown Business Center as a spring blizzard attacked the region. (John M. Steiner / The Sun )2 / 2

The blizzard conditions that engulfed most of North Dakota Monday had business managers and owners asking one question: “Should we stay open?”

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For some businesses, like Coborn’s, a grocery store in Jamestown, the answer was “no” as the store closed at 6:45 p.m. Monday. Jeff Pratt, Coborn’s assistant manager, said he sent employees home early who live outside of Jamestown as the weather conditions grew worse throughout the day.

“Yeah, I’ve never closed a store before for anything, this is very unusual,” Pratt said.

The grocery store saw a busier-than-usual Sunday as people stocked up for the approaching storm.

“People knew it (the storm) was coming and wanted to be ready,” Pratt said.

Domino’s Pizza in Jamestown stopped delivering around 1 p.m. Monday, said Derren Perleberg, a manager. Perleberg said Domino’s was expected to close between 6 and 7 p.m. Monday. With the inclement weather, Perleberg said the restaurant was doing decent business for a Monday.

Jerald Oremmich, store director of Hugo’s Family Marketplace in Jamestown, said the weather was bad, so bad that he sent home employees who live outside of Jamestown earlier in the day Monday. Despite the weather, the store remained open.

“I don’t know, we haven’t had that happen yet,” Oremmich said about closing the store due to the storm.

The weather hadn’t kept customers out of Hugo’s as of late Monday afternoon, Oremmich said.

“It’s (business) not booming, but it is consistent,” he said. “The prime time hours, when people get out of work, are yet to come. It will depend on how many people got sent home early due to the weather.”

The Walmart Supercenter in Jamestown was open as of Monday at 5 p.m., with no plans to close, according to an employee who answered the phone at the customer service counter.

Jamestown Regional Medical Center emergency room stays open all the time, according to Michelle Kunrath, public relations coordinator. When the weather is bad, Kunrath said the medical center has places for employees to stay overnight if they can’t make it home. “If the weather is bad, the clinical staff that is supposed to work the next shift will come in early,” Kunrath said. If that isn’t possible, then the staff on duty will stay.

 

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at colson@jamestownsun.com

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