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    Downtown business are shown at a meeting held last weeking regarding the coronavirus. Photo by Allison Flores/The Cuero Record

Cuero's downtown business owners discuss ways to stay open during virus outbreak

By Allison Flores

The Cuero Record

Downtown Cuero business owners got together Wednesday, March 18 morning to discuss innovative and creative ways to remain open and cater to the needs of their customers regarding the COVID-19 virus.

“For a Main Street perspective,” said Cuero Main Street Manager Sandra T. Osman, “we are working closely with the Cuero Development Corporation–these are difficult times, and we want to make sure we come up with alternative opportunities for our retail and our dining.”

Cuero Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Angie Cuellar made a statement after the impromptu meeting: “From the Chamber’s standpoint, we just want to give our members and local businesses reassurance that there are resources out there for them if they go through economical difficulties, and if they are open, we want them to think of creative ways to let people know that they can still shop with them whether it be online, or call in an order–but to keep their businesses going.”

The meeting was held prior to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order to close all dine-in sections of restaurants and bars until April 3. However, looking past the curve, local business owners discussed curbside and delivery options for shoppers before the mandated order.

“The businesses want to advocate that they are taking the necessary safety precautions mandated by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to keep their customers and employees safe–that way customers feel confident that if they do go into the store,” said Cuellar.

Looking to adhere to social distancing, owners encouraged each other to move to online advertising and sales via social media, even working to provide walk-out purchases to customers.

“Dining has done wonderfully taking care of themselves with curbside and putting that out there–we’re proud of Cuero businesses for that,” exclaimed Osman. She continued, “Our group of really great stores in our historic downtown district are coming up with new ways to work together to be outstanding and provide confident shopping.”

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