Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Boom or Bust, Feast or Famine

A few days ago we drove 165 miles east on I-40 from Winslow to Albuquerque. We saw a number of RVs on the road, probably headed home at the end of the three-day Memorial Day weekend. There were also a lot of trucks--most noticeably, a lot of blue trucks with the distinctive white swoosh--Amazon Prime trucks. I wonder if online shopping is taking the place of buying from small local businesses--which are closed by the government in this pandemic shutdown.

Obviously, Prime is doing well, as are the businesses that produce the products that are being sold there. Main street isn't doing as well.

We arrived at American RV Resort in Albuquerque, an RV park we have been visiting since 1990. It is virtually empty. We are in the new section with approximately 38 sites--only 10 are occupied. The main section of the park is equally empty. This is the first week of the summer season. The financial consequences for the park must be devastating.

I wonder how many businesses will fail and close forever by the end of these shutdown orders?

1 comment:

  1. It's sad to see most small businesses struggling because of this pandemic. Like you say many will close forever.
    Be Safe and Enjoy your trip.

    It's about time.