Local Wichita businesses struggle to stay open

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – The restaurant business has continued to struggle almost a year and a half since the pandemic’s start.

Other than an unreliable supply chain, the lack of people willing to work in the food industry right now is causing many restaurants to think about their futures. Nancy Parish owns Nancy’s A-Maize-N Sandwiches and has been in business since 2005.

Parish is now closing her doors to focus only on catering.

Nancy Parish, the owner of A-Maize-n Sandwiches, said, “It should be a stepping stone to better things… you start here, and you work your way up. A lot of the people working here in the past, they worked here while they were going to school.”

Parish said she paid her employees a fair wage and was never intended to support a family. But she has other expenses that keep her from paying higher salaries and staying in business.

“I’ve got the loan payment in the building, the insurances, the work comp insurances, the…

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