Some businesses in downtown Charlottetown are suffering with two storms in the week before Christmas forcing them to close.
"This week's been pretty quiet," said Quentin Gillis, manager of Water Street Fish and Chips.
Storms on Sunday and Wednesday forced Gillis to close the restaurant for two full days. Even on other days this week he said messy roads and sidewalks have kept people off the streets.
"Probably about a 60 to 70 per cent loss," he said.
"It's tough, you have employees that are looking for hours. You know, Christmas is coming up, they want to make a little extra money."
Up the street at Nessya's Gems and Jewels Nessya Neemron has the same concern. She has been closed three days this week: twice for the storms and once because parking spaces on lower Queen Street weren't cleared.
"There was no point opening the store because there was just no parking," said Neemron.
"Unfortunately winter has come really early this year, and there's not much we can do about it."
Neemron is hoping a last-minute Christmas rush this weekend to help her rebound, but merchants are also keeping their eye on another storm forecast for Sunday.
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