Flu outbreak hits small businesses hard

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

To stay open or close.   That's the decision several small business owners in the Wichita area have faced recently due to widespread illnesses.   "We've only got one to two people working on the floor at any point in time, having one person down is a major impact," said Janelle King, owner of The Workroom. 

A Wichita coffee shop had to close its doors over the weekend because its entire staff was ill.  King has considered closing her shop, but that decision could be detrimental.  "If someone shows up and you're not open when you're supposed to be, that's gonna deter them from coming back next time, as well as just those sales from that day alone are a huge part of keeping the doors open," King said.

King and other business owners are asking the community to patient if a store has to close due to illness, and to not let it keep you from coming back.

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