President, Casino Association
of New Jersey
A full row of Shortbreads
with a tall glass of cold
milk — fat free, since I
of their am watching my calories.
Tagalongs are good too, but
Thin Mints are overrated.
Northern New Jersey
Businesses scraping by as series of Regional President, Wachovia,
A Wells Fargo Co.
storms puts a chill in bottom lines
Samoas. I just love coconut.
BY ANDREW KITCHENMAN
THE HEAVY SNOWFALL across New Jersey this winter
had a mixed impact on state businesses, with some suf- Debbie Hart
fering and others essentially calling the up-and-down President, BioNJ
business a wash. I can honestly say that I
While supermarkets welcome the influx of custom- have not had a Girl Scouts
ers on the eve of a storm, it’s a mixed blessing, said Linda cookie in years, but as I re-
Doherty, president of the New Jersey Food Council. call, the chocolate peanut
“I think most members would rather have a steady butter ones are to die for.
business, because it has an impact on delivery schedules
and staffing” when it snows, Doherty said.
Karen Meleta, spokeswoman for Woodbridge-based William J. Marino
ShopRite, said the inconsistent business caused by storms President and CEO, Hori-
evens out. zon Blue Cross Blue Shield
“Generally, people’s grocery shopping stays pretty of New Jersey
steady,” Meleta said. I can’t recommend cook-
The winter’s snowfall set a record in southern ies as a health insurer, but
New Jersey, with 58.1 inches recorded at Atlantic City I’ve heard it’s tough to eat
International Airport. While not record-breaking in just one Thin Mint.
northern New Jersey, the 47.9 total inches recorded at
Newark Liberty International Airport was the highest
in recent years.
Restaurants are one industry that lost business it
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