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NANCY LYNN'S DINER AND PIZZERIA IN MILLS RIVER CLOSES; CAN'T FIND ENOUGH DEPENDABLE HELP

OWNER SAYS..."JUST CAN'T FIND ANY DEPENDABLE HELP."

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 It’s always sad to see a small business got out of business. But it’s particularly disturbing when a SUCCESSFUL small business is forced to close its doors because it can’t find enough employees.

One of the most popular eating establishments in Henderson County, Nancy Lynn’s Diner and Pizzeria in the heart of Mills River, recently closed its doors...and owner Bradley Johnston says that’s because they could not find enough dependable employees.

Established several years ago at the busy intersection of Highways 280 and 191, and sandwiched in between Triangle Stop and Mills River Creamery, Nancy Lynn’s quickly earned a reputation for quality food, from a quick “sit down” breakfast or lunch to a full dinner.

Owner Johnston also observed that the shortage of dependable employees for businesses of every size is an issue that needs to be addressed.

And the shortage of employees is not confined to small businesses like Nancy Lynn’s and fast food restaurants that are almost always looking for more employees..

Just a short distance away at the Southridge Shopping Center on McKenna Road just off Airport Road, there are yard signs all alongt he entrance advertising “NOW HIRING”, “HELP WANTED”.

Southridge includes such outlets as Lowe’s, Marshalls, Ross Dress For Less, Michaels, and others. And most every store has signs in the windows, out front, and through the parking lot advertising available jobs. Targets has raised its minimum wage and Walmart is offering flexible hours.

The nationwide unemployment rate has fallen to just over 4 per cent...and 4 per cent is historically considered to be “full” employment.

Small businesses are limited in what they can pay, but many offer flexible hours and other incentives.

Still, there are no easy answers for successful businesses like Nancy Lynn’s in Mills River...that just can’t find enough dependable employees to keep their doors open.

By Larry Freeman  

 

 

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