COVID-19 is making its way through Utah, and I'm sure you've noticed that we're still open. We know that the responsible thing to do right now is to close our doors for a while and help to stop the spread of the virus. Game Stop, Best Buy, and other big retailers have closed up for the same reasons. Many of you already know, but Jeremy, our Salt Lake store manager, has a compromised immune system. If he gets the virus, he's going to be in serious danger. But there's a problem. He also has 4 kids that he needs to feed. I have my son to care for, and everybody on our team still need to pay our rent, pay our bills, and buy gas. Unlike Game Stop and Best Buy, we don't have emergency money set aside to cover a disaster like this. If we close our doors right now, we may never be able to open them again. After over a decade of serving our community, this isn't how we want to go out.
So now we're stuck between a rock and a hard place. Do we do the right thing for our community and close our doors for a while, or do we do the right thing for our team and help them keep food on the table? We don't have a way to do both. Not without your help.
In order to pay rent for our stores and payroll for our employees, it costs us around $7500 a week. Government aid and emergency help for small business right now only comes in the form of loans, which require long waits, interest payments, and better credit scores than our team have. If we can get your help to pay our rent and our employees, we can close for a little while, confident that we'll be able to open back up again on the other side of all of this craziness.
We want to do our part for the community, but we can't abandon our people. Please, help.
- MiKo Nielson
- Amber Clark
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