The Look in Brief

Report: 1,120 Tennessee businesses closed permanently due to pandemic

By: - August 4, 2020 4:37 pm
Family eats outside at restuarant in

A mother and her children wait for their food at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant on April 27 in Franklin. Tennessee is one of the first states to reopen restaurants after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants are permitted to open at 50 percent capacity but required to maintain social distancing. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Between March 1 and July 10, 1,959 businesses in Tennessee have shut down in response to the pandemic — with 1,120 reporting their closures are permanent, according to data compiled by the business-rating site Yelp.

In the Nashville-Franklin-Murfreesboro metro areas collectively saw at least 410 business close for good, Yelp reported. An additional 331 have reported they remain temporarily closed. Among those permanently going out of business are 98 restaurants and 69 retail stores.

State and federal pandemic relief programs have provided financial relief to small and large companies across Tennessee but as the crisis has persisted and state and local mandates have restricted access to restaurants and bars in some cities, many business owners have not been able to stay afloat.

Across the nation, more than half of businesses that temporarily shuttered to ride out the pandemic have since closed permanently between March 1 and July 10.

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Anita Wadhwani
Anita Wadhwani

Anita Wadhwani is a senior reporter for the Tennessee Lookout. The Tennessee AP Broadcasters and Media (TAPME) named her Journalist of the Year in 2019 as well as giving her the Malcolm Law Award for Investigative Journalism. Wadhwani is formerly an investigative reporter with The Tennessean who focused on the impact of public policies on the people and places across Tennessee. She is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and the University of California at Berkeley School of Journalism. Wadhwani lives in Nashville with her partner and two children.

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