Local business owner says 'Let Lubbock Open' - FOX34 Lubbock

Local business owner says 'Let Lubbock Open'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In Lubbock , some small business owners are asking for a level playing field with the big box stores.

Chanda Allen, owner of Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar and Cantina Laredo, said now that much of the dust has settled, she and other business owners are asking that small businesses be given the same concessions as large chain stores.

"We feel like we've had adequate time to see how Lubbock was going to respond to this," Allen said.

In a Facebook post, she asked Mayor Dan Pope and the City Council to allow businesses to open their doors safely and responsibly, with the logo "Let Lubbock Open."

"My point for the 'Let Lubbock Open' is really for the small businesses that were never set up to do business online, they don't have that technology. Our mom-and-pop stores, that's what Lubbock breathes on," Allen said.

Several business owners sent a formal letter to Mayor Pope Friday, asking for safety guidelines they could follow to potentially reopen. 

As a former business owner himself, Mayor Pope said he sympathizes with the position they are in.

"I want to open our retail stores as much as anyone does," Pope said. "What we're doing in Lubbock is following the governor's order. It's similar to the order we put in place prior to his. It runs through April 30th."

The city is trying to balance public safety with the economy, he said.

"It's critical that we understand that just because it's not in our part of town or in our business, that it won't be," Pope said, "and that someone who is working in a nursing home gives it to someone who's asymptomatic, who walks into your business, and then the next person that comes in who may be vulnerable has a chance of catching this disease."

He will be prepared to take formal action at next Tuesday's council session about what the recovery effort will look like in Lubbock.

Allen said all they are asking for is a level playing field.

"If people do say that COVID-19 is going to be here through the summer, it's not realistic to be able to close small businesses, you can't have the necessary businesses without the unessential businesses," she said.


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