Despite frigid weather, some businesses are booming
As temperatures dip, sales are up at some businesses. Cars lined the block at a Moo Moo Express Car Wash in west Columbus. There are 13 locations in the Columbus area. The owner said business is so good they plan on opening at least 3 more locations this year.
“We’re seeing a nice 5 to 10 percent increases on most of our stores,” said John Roush, founder of Moo Moo Express Car Wash. “We get a little snow, we get the salt trucks running and we get busy.”
On a good day, Roush said one location can wash 1,200 cars.
“We can get you in and out of here in 3 minutes, get the salt off the cars,” he stated.
And with more snow in the forecast, customers like Omara Allison will be back again. “We come a lot, we’ve been here 3 times this week already,” said Allison.
Another business sizzling in the cold: Eddie Bauer in Easton.
"Business has been great,” said the store manager Eric Gorenz. “We love the cold weather. Whenever it's cold we get to sell parkas!"
The company claims its apparel will keep customers warm in the coldest conditions, and you can test it out for yourself in their “ice box.” Customers can test out their warm weather gear in sub-zero temperatures inside the eight foot room.
But if some folks don’t want to brave this arctic weather, many are thinking about escaping to warmer climates and keeping travel agencies busy.
“The colder the weather, more calls we tend to get. People sit at home and say I just can’t do this anymore, I just gotta get out of town,” said a travel consultant, Fred Kerner, with Grandview Travel.