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Warm weather helps some businesses rebound

February 18, 2011|Elizabeth Harrington | Reporter

ROANOKE CO., Va — The warm weather is helping businesses in the area rebound after last year.

The Sunnybrook Auto Spa in Roanoke County is one example. The manager says sales are up about 40% compared to February 2010.

Business has been steady the last two weeks.
Customers we spoke with say they feel better about spending money these days which is good news for employees here. Last year, the manager had to make tough choices.

"Last year we were laying employees off and had to lay a few off actually put them on call you know not have to call them back in and this year we've not had to have that problem," says Guy LaPradd, "This year I'm having to get everyone in and actually been doing a little bit of hiring lately."

Right now the shop is averaging about 250 cars every day. Lst February the daily number was 100.

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