Rockslide's detours can help or hurt businesses
Mike Blackerby, News Sentinel
Dec 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM
HOT SPRINGS, N.C. - The Smoky Mountain Diner's trademark breakfast-skillet dish - a heaping country concoction of fried potatoes, sauteed onions, ham, sausage and eggs - has been in high demand since an Oct. 25 rockslide closed Interstate 40 near the Tennessee-North Carolina line and forced major re-routing of traffic in the area.
"I'd say we've had at least a 20 to 30 percent increase in business since the rockslide," said Genia Hayes-Peterson, the owner of the popular diner in Hot Springs, N.C., since 1993.
Others concur that traffic hassles for commuters can mean a little extra cash in the till for businesses off I-40.
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