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Sun May 17, 2020, 02:02 PM

Business owners worry Leavenworth's downtown street closure for social distancing will lead to more

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The mayor of Leavenworth is closing parts of downtown to help with social distancing.

But for a town whose businesses rely on the 2 million tourists they see a year, some business owners worry this could add to the financial hardships they’re already facing.

“My parents opened the Wood Shop Toy Store 46 years ago next June,” said Kevin Rieke, the owner of several Leavenworth stores including The Hat Shop and The Wood Shop.

His businesses have been shut down since the start of the stay-at-home order in March.

“We had to lay off 14 employees at our particular business,” Rieke said.

Since Leavenworth runs on tourism and the stay at home order prevents people from traveling, businesses in town are suffering.


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