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Archive for the ‘Job Loss’ Category

Bingo and pub firms hit by Scots ban on smoking

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

TWO leisure groups revealed yesterday that trading had been hit in Scotland since the implementation of the smoking ban last spring – with one confirming resulting job cuts.
Rank said it was cutting 200 jobs at its Mecca Bingo clubs across the UK and closing its London head office with the loss of 40 jobs as it reported a 3 per cent fall in underlying first-half profit.

Source: The Scotsman. Link expired.

Smoking ban causing nearly 300 to be laid off at Casino Windsor

Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Source: whns.com. Lansing,MI. Link Expired

Suspend smoking ban: bar owners

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

“Owners are losing their businesses and people are losing jobs,” said Montreal bar owner Peter Sergakis, head of the Union des tenanciers de bars du Quebec.

In response to a poll conducted this summer, dozens of bar owners told his association they were going broke, Sergakis said.

The 1,500 bar owners who responded to the survey reported a 30-per-cent drop in revenues from alcohol sales, video-poker terminals, pool tables and food since the no-smoking rules went into effect May 31, Sergakis said.

At least 478 full- and part-time jobs have been cut, he added.

Bars outside major cities are hardest hit because their clientele is older and more likely to smoke, Sergakis said.

“Just wait for winter – the effect will be double,” he said. “People won’t want to go outside to smoke in minus 30C.”

Source: Montreal Gazette. Link

Nipped in the butt

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

EVERETT, Wash.—Less than a dozen cars speckled the parking lot outside the White Elephant Bar and Grill on a recent Saturday night in this growing Seattle suburb. Inside, most booths and tables sat empty while two electronic dart boards hung unused on the side wall. A handful of customers encircled the restaurant’s lone pool table, sipping beers and conversing easily at normal volume levels. Owners John and Donna Kerns leaned on the end of a deserted bar and watched helplessly as their once buzzing establishment choked to a slow death on its clean, smoke-free air.

Six months ago, that hub teemed with activity, drawing several thousand people on any given weekend. Now, business is down more than 50 percent. The Kernses, both in their 60s, have laid off employees and significantly trimmed their hours of operation.

Source: World Magazine. Link

Smoking ban help wanted

Wednesday, March 15th, 2006

The Canadian Auto Workers union is asking the Ontario government to supplement the incomes of hospitality workers who are laid off because of the province’s smoking ban and to provide retraining for them.

The casino’s senior managers have told the union they are predicting at least a 30 per cent drop in business followed by layoffs, Lewenza told Pupatello in a letter.

Source: The Windsor Star. Link

Pink is the colour of paper slips being handed out at a Melfort hotel as . . . the province’s smoking ban comes into effect

Saturday, December 24th, 2005

We’ve given our bar staff lay off notices. There is not a lot of things you can do as a bar owner. It is a very scary thing,” said Waneta Goldstein, manager of the Chances R Motor Hotel of laying off two staff.

Our customers are requesting a smoking environment. Can we value our customer opinions? No, because our government wants to control us even more by engaging a law that eliminates our rights.”

Source: Canoe CA. Link Expired

Tavern Owners: City’s Smoking Ban Has Hampered Business

Monday, December 12th, 2005

MADISON, Wis. — Five months after the city’s smoking ban was implemented, tavern owners continue to blame the ban for declining business.

Joe Klinzing, spokesman for the Coalition to Save Madison Jobs, said that regular customers are no longer coming in and virtually no new customers are replacing them.

Klinzing said that he blames the smoking ban.

He said that because of slower business, payroll at his bar is down $17,000. He said that that means the regulation is actually taking money from the same workers the ban was designed to help.

Source: Channel 3000. Link

Smoking ban killed bar: owner

Friday, October 14th, 2005

The owner of a bar in Happy Valley-Goose Bay is blaming its closure on the provincial government’s new indoor smoking ban.

Rumours night club shut down last week after serving customers for nearly 26 years.

Owner Mike Lethbridge says there was a dramatic drop in business after the new smoking regulations came into effect this summer: “After the smoking ban, it was like somebody turned on a light. It was just nobody there – absolutely nobody,” said Lethbridge.

Before the ban, Lethbridge says he employed eight people each Friday night.

After the ban, Lethbridge dropped the number to three.

“Last Friday night, we had two staff,” he said.

The Beverage Industry Association says four other bars across the province have shut down since the ban came into effect July 1.

The provincial Alliance for the Control of Tobacco says it regrets the layoffs, but executive director Kevin Coady says the health of people – not businesses – is its top priority.

“In no way is it our intention to hurt people – this is all about protecting people.”

(The sanctimonious twit protected them all right – protected them right out of their jobs into the unemployment line.  And for numerous reasons, being out of work is not very healthy.)

Source: cbc.ca.  Link

Minneapolis Bars Blame Smoking Ban For Closings

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Minneapolis (WCCO) ― Minneapolis bars and restaurants went smoke-free on March 31 and some business owners say their earnings have gone up in smoke ever since.

Porter’s Bar & Grill on Nicollet Avenue in South Minneapolis is one establishment that said it’s closing its doors for good. It’s been in business since 1938.

Thirty-five bars have gone out of business in Minneapolis since the ban went into effect.
On average, that amounts to about one every eleven days.

“March 31 of this year, when the smoking ban went into effect, we lost about 30 percent of our customer base,” said Matthew Lamphear, owner of Molly Quinn’s Irish Pub.
Lamphear told almost all of his staff this is their last weekend.

“I’ve laid off about half my staff and I’m still losing $500 a day right now,” Lamphear said. “That much business has moved elsewhere.”

He said even a new $9,000 deck could not help.

“The smokers moved and the smoker’s friends moved,” Lamphear said.

Source: wcco.com. Link

Bars show smoking ban hurts

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

Her records show a revenue drop of nearly $57,000, or 28 percent, for the last half of 2005 versus 2004.

“And January was worse. We were down 40 percent, over $18,000 in sales,” Roepcke said.

“Our sales had been increasing, but when the smoking ban hit it was devastating. We were losing 30 to 40 percent a month.

“Our profit margin is gone. I’ve had to take $40,000 out of my own pocket since July to cover our losses.”

Roepcke said he has cut his staff of 14 employees by half.

“The seven employees we have left have had their hours cut back,” Roepcke said.

“Last month alone we were down 50 percent in Budweiser sales from the year before,” Roepcke said. “If the exemption doesn’t pass, I don’t know what a lot of the bars are going to do. Right now, we are borrowing, cutting back and not taking a salary ourselves just to stay in business.”

Source: Post Crescent. Link Expired.

Minimum wage hike and smoking ban: a double whammy for bars and restaurants?

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

If you haven’t been out to a restaurant or bar in the Twin Cities lately, you might notice a few things are different. The ashtrays may be gone, the prices on the menu might be a bit higher, and fewer customers may belly up to the bar for “last call.” The changes are the result of recent laws, some of which started Aug. 1, that deeply affect the service industry. Proprietors in St. Paul have mixed reactions to those laws.

St. Paul, Minn. — The recent slate of laws started back earlier this year, when smoking bans forced many Twin Cities area bars and restaurants to go smoke-free. Ramsey County’s smoking ban affected restaurants primarily. Some proprietors say that’s led to a drop in patronage.

“The restaurant industry is at a dangerous crossroads,” Day says. “There are a lot of business owners throwing up their hands saying, ‘Why should we operate in Minnesota anymore?'”

We had to fire six or seven waitresses and two cooks,” Theodorakakos says. “We used to be open till 9 o’clock at night. We close at 3 now.”

{Unemployment} “Claims in the food service sector are up 10 to 15 percent, and that comes at a time when claims overall have been on the decrease,” Hine says.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio. Link

Smoking ban foes mobize

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

With allies such as former Mayor Paul Soglin and reports from 73 bars that business in July was off by roughly one-third, a new coalition says it is prepared to overturn Madison’s smoking ban.

She reported that business in her bar, at the edge of the city on the southeast side, was down 23 percent compared with last July and that they have gone from three bartenders on a Friday night to one. Additionally, her beer orders have plummeted. She used to order 100 cases of beer per week from each of two main distributors. Now she said she orders 25.

Source: Madison.com. Link expired.

Bar owners say no-smoking ban is choking them

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

It is about health, but for bartender Lucy Cuccia it’s also about paying the bills. Like a lot of service people, Cuccia makes money mostly on tips.

No customers, no tips.

No tips, no rent money.

I’m down at least a third,” said Cuccia, who works at Tail Gators, near the corner of East Washington and Stoughton Road, and at the Locker Room, located in the parking lot of Oscar Mayer’s. Cuccia’s boss at the two bars, Dale Beck, has already laid off six night bartenders and the day cook, after seeing his business plunge 60 percent.

Joe Klinzing, who owns South Towne Lounge, showed me figures indicating his sales are down 33 percent compared to July 2004. That’s bad for Klinzing, and bad for his bartender, Stephanie Hall.

“They wanted to look out for my health,” she said. “I wonder if they’ll pay my rent?”

It’s also bad for the beer saleswoman who stopped by while I talked to Klinzing. He told her he couldn’t reorder. She didn’t want to give me her full name but said she’s been to some Madison bars that haven’t ordered liquor or beer since mid-June.

No beer, no commission for her.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal. Link Expired.

Appleton’s Smoking Ban One Month Later

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Emmett’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is seeing some lean times. “Quiet. It’s been very quiet,” owner Sharon Reader says.

Some business owners say revenue is down 35 to 65 percent compared to a year ago. One bar owner tells us looking at the last two weeks she’s down $7,000 from the same period last year.

Reader says the difference at her business is 40 percent. She says one Appleton city council member suggested the recent hot weather might be the reason business is down.
“Because I keep track of the weather for the last nine years, I can say, I’m sorry, but three years ago it was 98 degrees and muggy, and I’m doing twice in sales what I’m doing this year,” Reader responds.

Since July 1st, lunch time at Emmett’s has been slow. So slow that the owner is thinking of cutting lunch entirely. That means that the day staff wouldn’t have a job.

“I just informed my employees yesterday that they will probably be laid off in two weeks,” Reader said Thursday, “and this’ll be the first time that Emmett’s has closed for lunch in 15 years.”

The problem isn’t just lunch, it’s the fact that business is down across the board.
“My nighttime business has supported my daytime business enough for me to keep these people employed and keep my head on the pillow at night. That’s no longer the case,” Reader said.

“The people in Grand Chute and Harrison and Kimberly, they’re happier than a hog in mud because they’re getting all our customers. That affects our tax base,” Richard Thompson, who represents Appleton’s eighth district, said.

Source: wbay.com. Link

Smoking ban has Appleton fuming

Friday, July 29th, 2005

At Jokers Bar, the staff of eight has been laid off. Owner Tony Schaefer said he’s now working the bar with his brother.

“We’ll be closing up if business doesn’t improve,” Schaefer said. “The sad thing is we don’t even know if anyone would buy it.”

Nearly three-quarters of the 64 businesses that responded to a request from the Appleton Post-Crescent reported sluggish sales in the past month, most from 10 to 40 percent lower compared with last July. Some reported sales off as much as 70 percent.
For now, sales are down 35 percent at Shark’s Club Billiards Bar and Grill, owner Mitchell Roepke said.

“We’re a blue-collar, working-class establishment and they’re the smokers. … I’m losing $11,000 in sales in July,” Roepke said.

Source: Madison.com. Link Expired.

Hennepin rethinks smoking ban

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

“I’m worried about making my house payment,” said Cheryl Irving, a bar manager at Rostamo’s, a bar in Crystal. “My personal income is down 40, 50 percent. I now have to work six shifts, where I used to work four.”

John Alexander, who owns Johnny A’s, a sports bar in Minneapolis, agreed. “I can’t pay my taxes,” said Alexander, who said he has dismissed his private security staff at the bar. “My business has gone down by 35 percent.”

“It’s a slow death,” he added.

Bill Nicklow, whose family owns five restaurants in Hennepin County, watched Tuesday’s meeting and then shook his head. “I was under the impression the world was created to support the people, and not punish them,” he said. “We’re losing our customers. We’re losing our help.”

Source: Startribune.com. Link Expired.

Smoking ban sending Dannevirke Hotel broke

Monday, July 18th, 2005

Dannevirke’s Masonic Hotel is a victim of the smoking ban introduced into bars on 10 December 2004. In the six months following the introduction of the ban, profits have plunged $115k in comparison to the corresponding six-month period from 10 December 2003.

The Masonic Hotel unfortunately, has not been a beneficiary of the flood of non-smokers the present government and anti-smoking factions assured the hotel industry, would flock to bars, once the smoking ban came into force.

The smoking ban has devastated the lives of Mark and Raewyn Payne, owners of the Masonic, a business they took over two years ago. In the period prior to the ban, they had a thriving business, with two full-time and three part-time employees.

Six months into the ban and they are approaching the point where it will no longer be financially viable to keep the Masonic Hotel doors open. Mark and Raewyn, with insufficient turnover to afford to pay wages, had no option but to let their staff go.

“Dannevirke pub goers have been fantastic towards us through this six months of no smoking and we have had zero trouble”, says Raewyn, “as we rarely see many of them anymore”.

“We will lose our business simply to satisfy the whims of a handful of politicians and ‘anti-everything’ people”, says Mark.

“I challenge Becky Freeman of ASH and Leigh Sturgiss of the Coalition to visit the Masonic Hotel in Dannevirke”, says Clarke, “and to tell Mark and Raewyn Payne that the ban has not hurt their business”.

Source: Scoop Politics. Link

Madison bar owners say smoking ban hurts

Wednesday, May 25th, 2005

Revenues disappearing as customers head out of town

“It’s terrible, absolutely terrible,” said Cal Beecher, owner of the Tip Top Tavern. “I’ve been here 32 years. It’s going to close me down.”

Terry Olson, co-owner of Ole ‘N Rick’s North Side Inn in Madison, said business is down 60 percent and he started cutting back shifts for three or four bartenders Monday.
Patty Telvick, general manager of the Buckeye Inn, said her regulars have disappeared and nonsmokers have not taken their place.

Dave Wiganowsky, owner of Wiggie’s, said nonsmokers do not spend enough to make up for the loss of customers.

“We had two nonsmokers,” Wiganowsky said. “They bought two cans of pop and said, ‘Isn’t this wonderful?’ and walked out. That won’t pay the light bill.”

Meanwhile, bars just outside Madison are reporting an increase in customers.

Source: Wisnifo.com. Link Expired.

Bar owners still fuming

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

I used to work four days. I’m down to one day,” said James O’Toole, a bartender at Dudley’s Parkview Tavern in New Rochelle, who has taken another job driving a limousine. “From last summer to this summer, coming into this season, business is off by at least 45 percent. … The bar is empty.”

At the Willett House Restaurant in Port Chester, manager Dennis Gallagher said the ban landed a one-two-three punch. Revenues plunged — he said he lost an estimated $50,000 in June 2003, the first month of the ban — which forced him to put his by-the-hour bartenders on the payroll to make up their lost tips. And the business he ran selling cigars at the bar has closed.

“From a health standpoint and from an economic standpoint, the law has made a tremendous amount of sense and has been an overwhelming success,” said Rick Lepkowski, vice president of the Westchester chapter of the American Cancer Society. “Culturally, most people are a lot less tolerant of being in places where people do smoke. In terms of education and the cultural acceptability of smoking, I believe we’ve really turned a corner.”

(It’s not very often that The American Cancer Society admits their goal is to spread intolerance, but here it is in black and white.)

Source: Lohud.com. Link expired.

Mpls. Bar Owners Say Ban Is Bad For Business

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Minneapolis (WCCO) Some establishment owners are claiming a huge drop in business since Minneapolis snuffed out smoking three weeks ago.

The smoking ban went in effect March 31 at city bars, restaurants and bowling alleys, but claims of declining business have elected officials thinking about changing the law.

City Councilman Dean Zimmerman, co-sponsor of the city smoking ban, got an earful Wednesday at a meeting with about 40 Minneapolis establishment owners, including Gabby’s owner Jeff Ormond.

“Everybody is seeing declined sales,” Ormond said.

“We’re down between 25 and 30 percent,” one bar owner said.

“We were not prepared for this big chunk of our business to be bitten out of us,” said another.

“We’re the ones risking everything, and I’m very upset about it, and we’ve got to do something about it,” another attendee said.

Zimmerman was willing to suggest the law could change.

“There certainly may be opportunity for doing the partial ban that would mimic what’s happening in St. Paul,” Zimmerman told those in attendance.

During Wednesday’s lunch rush, there were plenty of open tables at Gabby’s in northeast Minneapolis. The bar was practically empty, and owner Ormond was fuming.

“This is the worst — what you’re looking at — the worst problem,” Ormond said, indicating the empty barstools. “Our bar was always semi-full.”

Ormond said business was down 26 percent since the ban went in effect.

“Our bartenders’ tips are down 50 percent. People come in and have one drink and say ‘Hi’ and then ‘Bye, thank you, gotta go to the bar where we can smoke.'”

Before the smoking ban, Ormond had six people serving drinks on a Saturday night. Ormond said he was cutting it to three, because he needed fewer people to serve the declining bar clientele.

In all, Ormond crossed 51 work shifts off his schedule, an amount equal to 10 full-time jobs.

Source: wcco.com. Link expired, mirror link here.

Max’s Diner restaurants, started in 1990s, close

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

Two Reynolds Road diners opened by well-known chef Maximilian Korl in the late 1990s closed last week after the latest owners were unable to meet payroll for 50 employees Saturday, one of the owners said.

Business at the Max’s Diner restaurants dropped 20 to 25 percent after Toledo’s smoking ban went into effect, eating away profits, said Jeff Kaminsky, who has owned the restaurants with his wife, Kathy, for five years.

Source: Toledo Blade. Link

Some Defy Bloomington Smoking Ban

Friday, February 25th, 2005

“We get a profit and loss statement every week, and the numbers are going down, so it’s hurting,” said Joanna Segyde, restaurant manager.

The workers are in an environment free of second-hand smoke for the first time. On the other hand, the manager has had to lay-off a half-dozen staffers because of decreasing revenue.

Source wishtv.com. Link Expired

Bar Owners Coming Together To Fight Smoking Ban

Friday, February 25th, 2005

I’m losing $300 a day,” one Columbus bar owner says. “I’m near bankruptcy.
“This is all my husband and I do for a living. This is it,” she says. Saying the smoking ban is destroying her profits. “I rang $37 on a Tuesday. That’s from 10am to 230am,” Leslie said. “I’ve cut all my vendors in half.”Fowler says he’s losing somewhere around 15% to 25% range.

“I feel bad. I’ve let three bartenders go,” Tim Cashin, owner of “Somewhere Else” tavern says. “I’m seeing revenue loss of $1200-$1500 a week.”

Source: 10tv.com. Link Expired

The price to pay for smoking ban in pubs

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2005

SCOTLAND’S smoking ban is set to cost an initial 2300 jobs, force nearly 150 pubs to close and rob the Chancellor of £59 million a year in tax revenue, a new report claims.

source: Scotsman. Link Expired.

Hall Manager Says Smoke Ban Forces Closing

Friday, January 28th, 2005

A widely known Lincoln pool hall is closing because of lost revenue since the city’s smoking ban was implemented Jan. 1, the business’ general manager says.

Laurie Anderson of Big John’s Billiards said the pool hall has lost at least $10,000 in three weeks and can’t make payroll. Big John’s will close for good Sunday night after 21 years of business, she said.

Source: Press & Dakotan. Link Expired.


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