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Small Businesses Work To Reopen, Some Change Business Model

Tippecanoe Mall sign

Tippecanoe Mall, owned and operated by Simon Property Group, reopened Monday following Gov. Eric Holcomb's "Back On Track" plan. (Emilie Syberg/WBAA)

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s five-stage plan to get the state up and running again took its second step Monday with some businesses able to reopen their doors for the first time in more than a month. However, not all businesses are rushing to reopen.

With the exception of a few counties - including Monroe - retail and travel are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity for now. Manufacturing and construction are able to fully open, but must practice social distancing.

READ MORE: Monroe Co. Officials Say Decline In Cases Will Serve As Reopening Benchmark

Barbara Quandt is the Indiana state director with the National Federation of Independent Business. She says in a recent survey more than 80 percent of Hoosier small business owners wanted to reopen by the end of May.

“They’re willing to do whatever they need to do is what we saw in our survey,” says Quandt. “That they weren’t too concerned about the PPE that they would need; that they would be able to do what it takes to start again.”

Quandt applauds the governor’s plan saying the closure or limited operations has been brutal on small businesses.

READ MORE: Governor Holcomb Outlines How – And Why – The State Will Reopen

La Scala restaurant sits closed on Main Street in Lafayette after owners Kirsten Serrano and her husband made the decision to shut down during the pandemic.

Holcomb’s plan allows restaurants to start letting customers in – with limited capacity – as early as May 11.

Serrano says she’s not reopening the dining room. Instead she shifted her business model to a subscription home delivery service for the local community over the next few weeks and months.

“It’s much harder I believe for a restaurant to go through stops and starts and stops and starts. So, I would like to not do that,” says Serrano. “And this is a model that should be able to keep us open if we get enough support for it regardless of quarantine.”

Serrano says she hopes to deliver her first “Good to Go” meal kits later this week.

The National Restaurant and Lodging Association estimates Hoosier restaurants lost nearly $1 billion in April.

Holcomb’s plan is to have all businesses fully open by July 4.

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