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Vegas business reinvents itself to stay open during shutdown

Posted at 10:43 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 08:43:41-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — What a difference a week makes. Many businesses that were humming a week ago are now relying on creativity and reinvention to stay afloat. 13 Investigates anchor Tricia Kean tells us about one local bar owner whose among the many refusing to give up.

"Huge, astronomical drop!" says Erica Harvey, owner of The Players Club and Hi Scores.

She's watched her revenue plummet. The drinks are no longer flowing at her three valley locations. So she's turning to the only thing she's got left to offer, the grill.

"The first thing I did was call the insurance broker that carries our liability policy and said, what do I have to do to start delivery," says Erica.

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Erica now has wait staff dropping off food orders. She's also offering curbside pickup.

"It gives my staff a chance to make some hours and make some money during this hard time," says Erica.

Bartender Jordan is happy to hear that. When businesses started shutting down, he was afraid he might be out of a job.

"It’s something I did anticipate just in case. I would say it’s unfortunate. But again it’s a problem that exists and we all have to respond to collectively," says Jordan.

Erica says she's also trying to reach out and help the surrounding community. She knows there are seniors having trouble getting the groceries they need. So she and her staff are putting together free care packages.

"We don’t want them to have to leave their homes and risk their health to go get groceries or staples. So we’re going to make boxes of supplies," says Erica.

It's hard to know when things will get back to normal, but Erica says it's important to stay Vegas Strong.

"I am basically rolling the dice that the community is going to support us. But we’re going to do some things to support the community as well," says Erica.

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