Bronx Restaurant Depot Helps Surrounding Businesses Recover From Sandy
Despite losing millions of dollars in business because of Hurricane Sandy, a company in the Bronx lent a helping hand to others affected by the storm. NY1's Erin Clarke filed the following report.
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Business was normal at the Bronx Jetro Restaurant Depot after Hurricane Sandy.
But the company, which sells products to restaurants and grocery stores from 100 locations across the country, didn't escape the storm unharmed.
Its Brooklyn warehouse along the Gowanus Canal was hit hard.
"The bottom four feet of the warehouse got wet, so the entire bottom four feet of inventory had to be disposed of," said Jetro CEO Stanley Fleishman. "We were out of business for a week."
Warehouses on Long Island and New Jersey were also affected, costing Jetro several million dollars.
While Jetro was trying to rebound from the storm, many of the company's regular customers were in the same boat.
They turned to Jetro for help.
"Some of them were our actual consumers that might have been without power," Branch Manager Ed Catalano said. "We've had requests if they could store their product in our facility so that they wouldn't incur a greater loss."
That helped many of the smaller outfits that do business in the area stay afloat.
Jetro also took its charity to another level, by donating products to restaurants that hosted events to feed Sandy victims.
"What we have here, if you look around the warehouse, is a terrific opportunity to replenish food," Fleishman said. "We sell food and we have a lot of food in this building."
Fleishman said employees donated more than $50,000 despite the fact that many of them also suffered losses and were themselves helped out by the company.
"Some lost homes. Some just had damaged homes and some people lost motor cars," Fleishman said. "Some people, of course, lost power for many weeks."
Now all of Jetro's Tri-state area warehouses are fully operational and many of their customers are back in business too thanks to a little help from the people here.