ST. GEORGE – Despite signs of an economic recovery, many businesses in Washington County are still struggling to stay open.
This week Quzinos, which was reopened just a few months ago, announced they were closing again and gave their employees a week’s notice. Sils in Washington closed last year unexpectedly.
On Monday, Ruby Tuesday also closed, however the corporate office said they did not know how much notice the employees had been given, as it was a franchise location.
“The sales performance didn’t justify their continued operation,” said Meridith Hammond with Ruby Tuesday’s corporate office. “This was part of a long term plan that was announced.”
Hammond said a location in Las Vegas was also closed that same day.
However the Department of Workforce Services said there is anecdotal evidence that Washington County’s employment growth “is just about ready to reawaken.”
“The housing market was the number one casualty of this recession (actually it can be argued the cause), and Washington County is probably Utah’s most sensitive county when following housing as an economic indicator and signaler of future employment performance,” according to a press release on the Department’s website.
Economists are now saying that there is an increase in building permits, a good sign that the local economy is beginning to grow. But whether businesses can hold on that long remains to be seen.
Rachel Jordan of Rachel’s Coffee said she is keeping optimistic. She opened her coffee shop in the Old Town and Country Car Wash in early October of last year.