Florists, retailers hurt by pre-Valentine's snow

Florists, retailers hurt by pre-Valentine's snow

Whole Foods in Virginia Beach says they cannot guarantee flowers that were not pre-ordered because shipments might not come in.

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by 13News Now & The Associated Press

WVEC.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 2:33 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Love is in the air, but the recent snowstorm is making some florists and restaurant owners a little nervous on the verge of Valentine's Day.

Whole Foods in Virginia Beach says they cannot guarantee flowers that were not pre-ordered because shipments might not come in. 

“Many of our stores in the Mid-Atlantic region were closed today.  We have lots of stores in Pennsylvania and Washington DC that were closed or just worked half days,"  Whole Foods spokesperson Maria Miglioretti said.  "We’re trying to get them up and running because Valentine’s Day is so special.”

Whole Foods tweeted out a different idea for those looking for something special.  

Florists across North Carolina have been scrambling to make deliveries, or make alternate plans to get roses and other arrangements to their destinations.
 
Frank Campisi of Fallon's Flowers in Raleigh said he's had to move deliveries from Friday to Saturday and, in some cases, to Monday.
 
At Liberty Oak restaurant in downtown Greensboro, assistant manager Jessica Estes said the storm's timing couldn't have been worse.
 
Last-minute shoppers may be in a bind, too, because many malls either closed early Thursday, or never opened at all. 

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