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Loss Of Power Costing Some Small Businesses Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In South Jersey

By Cleve Bryan

SEWELL, NJ (CBS) – The continued power outages caused by Tuesday's thunderstorms are costing some area businesses a lot of money.

At the Seven Star Diner on Delsea Drive in Washington Township, dozens of employees sat home with empty pockets while those who came in had to throw away about $150,000 worth of food.

"All the food went bad, we have to empty everything out, we throw it in the garbage," says owner Dimitrios Manetas.

Up the road, Trim-Rite Meats butcher shop and deli also had to trash mounds of meats and cheeses.

"We're basically assessing the damage now, we've had to throw away practically all our inventory, so it's pretty much a total loss," says co-owner Steve Casalnova who estimates the total loss of sales and product to be about $40,000 to 50,000.

Both men say once the power is restored it could still take several days to replace that was lost and get their businesses going again.

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