Created: Thu, 03 Oct 2013 05:39:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 12:06:53 EST
Warner Robins businesses feel the effects of the latest round of furloughs at Robins Air Force Base.
Adrianai Ivanus hasn't been ringing up much the last few days. She owns both Greek Village Restaurants in town and estimates she's seeing a 50 percent drop in business since furloughs started on Tuesday.
"If this continues I'll probably have to lock the doors," she said.
Ivanus says she already cut back two servers on each shift and a cook at both Watson Boulevard locations. With more than 90 percent of her customers come from Robins and having roughly 4,500 base workers out of work as the 21st Century Partnership as estimated hurts her business.
“If they don't work, then nobody comes here to eat," Ivanus said.
Ken McCall of McCall's Tastes to Remember is also feeling the pinch.
"Things dropped off quite a bit Monday and Tuesday," McCall said.
This isn't McCall's or Ivanus' first go around with furloughs this year. During the summer, federal employees survived seven furlough Friday's. McCall says the restaurant slowed down then, but he recalibrated his business to survive. However, he’s uncertain about this set of furloughs
"I'm worried about it because you're looking at those additional furloughs, we don't know how long it will take," he said.
As some restaurants see a decline in their lunch crowd, other businesses like Pop's Barber Shop aren’t hurting yet. However, barber Ernest Roberts said it may not last.
"The longer it goes on I'll probably see a significant change in business, and I'm kind of concerned about that," Roberts said.
For now McCall will try social media to bring people into the restaurant. As for Ivanus, she is thinking of other ways to cut costs until workers return.
The 21st Century Partnership is trying to help people impacted financially by the furloughs and encourage people to visit 21stcentrutypartnership.com for information.