SOUTH KINGSTOWN—As of Thursday morning, power remained out for the businesses and properties along Main Street and High Street in downtown Wakefield. While National Grid has been working throughout the day and night hours to restore power, business owners have been doing their best to preserve product and cope with the issues associated with a prolonged power outage.
“We lost power on Monday afternoon about 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, you anticipate that the electricity is coming back on,” said Rosemary Galiani, owner of the Alternative Food Co-op. “We had a makeshift coffee stand outside, and did boiling water and drip coffee.”
“There was a long line and we were trying to sell out any food we could, such as some of our cookies and prepared foods,” she added. “We have been trying to make the best of it, anticipating the power would come back on.”
Because the power outage has lasted longer than Galiani expected, much of their dairy and frozen food product had to be discarded. Galiani estimated that approximately $15,000 was lost over this past week without power.
“The Board of Health was here and took the temperature of the product,” said Galiani. “We had to discard all the milk and frozen. People have been coming in and we’ve just been doing cash and check, hand ringing things up.”
“We are trying to be open for the community as best as we can,” she added.
For the complete lowdown on Wakefield's businesses during Sandy, pick up a copy of Friday's The Narragansett Times.