The Wando port terminal computer problem continues. However today, traffic problems were not quite as bad.
Trucks are backed up onto I-526.
At the Long Point Grill, they had no customers at all from 1-2:30 this afternoon before they closed their lunch service. One waitress told us she only made $20 today.
Kim Perry is the manager at Long Point Grill. “It was like they just closed the street down. We did have a few walk-ins, actually walking, meaning people walking from their business to have lunch, but that was about it.”
Perry says they were told traffic might back up on Monday. With it still backing up Tuesday, she says this is frustrating. “I don’t know whether to have employees come in or try to go with a skeleton crew… Then if you didn’t have a lot of people come, (and customers showed up,) we wouldn’t be able to serve them the way we would like to.”
Just down the street at the Sky Zone, more lost business.
“Ever since the traffic here we’ve noticed the last two days about a 50% dropoff.” Owner Brad Sullivan says they just started new glo nights, which he is hoping will not be impacted. “With that glo on Friday nights, we just launched that it’s a black light party, but it’s at 8 o’clock so the terminals are closed, traffic is out of the way, so we know that people are going to be able to get up here and have no issues.”
He just wants this straightened out. “I hope they get that process figured out real fast. Because it is definitely having an impact on our business.”
The state ports authority would not talk to us about this on camera. They would only say they are working on the issue, and that things are improving compared to Monday.