LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Five weeks ago, the last Chevy Cruze rolled off the production line at
GM Lordstown. Businesses in the area have taken a hit but they remain hopeful for the future.
If you drive by the Lordstown plant, you’ll see an empty parking lot. If you drive by certain businesses in the area, you’ll see the same.
It’s been a tough adjustment for two nearby restaurants.
Nese’s Country Cafe along Salt Springs Road has been up and running for five years now.
Lisa Miller has worked there since it opened. She said she can’t remember a time when business was this slow.
“Business has really gone downhill, dropped off a lot.”
Miller said it’s been tough without the everyday foot traffic. Nese’s served Lordstown workers and often delivered food to the GM plant.
“It’s putting a good hurting on our business, but we are hopeful with TJX coming in and that power plant being built. We’re hoping again that we’ll have something to fall back on and more foot traffic through here,” Miller said.
Although she remains hopeful, she said it’s been difficult to watch the situation unfold.
“It’s very sad. You get to know your customers, and plenty of people had to move away and split up their families.”
Around the corner from Nese’s sits Our Place Diner.
Niki Reid, a waitress there, said over the last three weeks, the restaurant has seen a steady decline in business. Much like Nese’s, the small diner is holding out hope that things will soon pick back up again.