Many small businesses have already fallen victim to the energy crisis. Some are trying to save on all corners by temporarily closing. So does the businessman from Ruhpolding.
“We are caught in a crisis cycle not seen in the post-war period. First Corona, then the colossal consequences of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine,” said Josef Sanktjohan Sim, head of the German Trade Association (HDE). On Tuesday at the Berlin Business Conference with. Above all, it stresses the effects of the energy crisis on the retail sector. The smallest stores are likely to be hit the hardest. There were frequent reports of the closure of traditional bakeries and butchers. For many, the government’s planned December gas payments are coming too late. But for some, it could be a last resort.
A shop from Ruhpolding put a note in the shop window. The following sentence could read on it: “Dear customers, we will be saving when heating up in November and open again on December 1st. If you have any special requests by then please send us a message in the mailbox.”
It seems that the shop’s heating costs are too high to be worth opening. The reopening planned for December 1st suggests that the gas advance provides the company with an important financial buffer. However, it is uncertain what things will look like next year and whether further savings measures will need to be taken.