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Convenience store has spike in coffee sales during outage

AMHERST - News travels fast when you've got coffee brewing.

While thousands of homes and the majority of businesses were in the dark because of a power outage Thursday, word spread that Ken's Rite Stop was open and had hot coffee.

"We opened at 6:30 a.m. and it got busy right away," said Diane Campbell, owner of the convenience store on the corner of Church and Queen Streets.

It was so busy, said Campbell, that the lone employee had to call a co-worker in to keep things going.

"We figured we went through at least 40 pots of coffee in the morning," she said.

"It was a substantial benefit to us."

As of 3:15 p.m., Amherst Pharmasave was still without power and co-owner Bart Butler was concerned.

"It's very inconvenient for us and our customers," said Butler, whose store is across from the substation that had a piece of equipment fail and cause the outage.

"We've lost a full day of business and will lose products in our fridge and freezer, as well as sales."

Butler also said the store would need to make a claim with its insurance company because of the items lost.

For those customers needing prescriptions filled, Butler said someone was at the store during the day for those in desperate need.

"Anyone needing anything such as oxygen, we certainly make sure their needs are taken care of," he said.

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  • Loyal Customer
    March 24, 2011 - 21:13

    Despite the inconvience of the power outage, this shows that a couple of local businesses made some good out of a bad situation. Timmy's wasn't selling any coffee this morning so Ken's Rite Stop provided everyone's caffeine fix(and a welcome boom in sales probably didn't hurt either), and Our Pharmasave once again shows how it always has it's customers best interest in mind. Bart and the gang can always be counted on. Great work people!