Downtown Aiken ready for business after furlough & shutdown

By: Jorge Lopez Email
By: Jorge Lopez Email

News 12 5pm/ Friday October 18, 2013

Augusta, Ga (WRDW)----Downtown Aiken is ready for business.

Owners of the brand new steak house hope it becomes a popular destination downtown, especially for folks who rely on the Savannah River Site for their paychecks.

"Our projected open time really did kind of coincide with everything going on with the government," said one partner of the restaurant.

Thursday, President Obama signed a bill re-opening the government and raising the debit limit after a 16 day shutdown. Something restaurant partner, Phillip Jordan, hopes will help business.

"If things had gone on a little longer I think we've definitely would've have seen a bigger impact in our business. People get really worried when they think, 'hey I may not have a job next week,'" said Jordan.

"I think the furlough affects everybody," Van Smith said.

Smith, works down the block from SRNS at a retail shop, and while most of those employees were not furloughed, Smith says it all trickles down.

"Bottom line is furloughs have hurt us. It doesn't affect us directly all the time, but you feel for the families that are affected," Smith told News12.

Smith says mostly everyone has to go to a doctor, a lawyer or even a real estate agent at one time in their lives and when those services aren't used-- neither can his. So, at least the government shutdown is over for now, so can buy clothes from Smith and the eat around the corner at the Alley Chop House.

"The fact that it's over now , I mean the phone literally starting ringing off the hook this morning," the owner of the restaurant said.

The government is now open for business, but politicians will be back at it again in three months. That's because this deal only lasts until january.

Barricades Reopen Monday:
Effective, Monday, October 21, SRS will resume normal barricade operations to include re-opening barricades and lanes that had been closed due to the lapse in appropriations. All employees should continue to exercise caution when approaching site barricades.

For SRR Employees:
Savannah River Remediation employees are requested to return to work beginning with their normal shift schedule Monday, October 21, 2013. For employees who need to pick up their badge for re-entry, they should return to the Badge Office before reporting to their work location. Please bring a State or Federal issued photo ID (such as a Driver’s License or Passport) for identification.

For WSI-SRS Employee:
WSI is in the process of resuming normal operations.
Furloughed employees will be notified by their supervision when to return to work.

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