Eddie McBride Talks Struggling Restaurants, The Possibility of No Football Season, and More
Tuesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin, The President and CEO of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Eddie McBride joined Dave and Matt to talk about restaurants struggling during the pandemic, what would happen if there was no football season, upcoming chamber events, bars changing to be restaurants, and more.
Eddie was asked about businesses affected by the pandemic and how they are struggling being either closed or working with a limited capacity. McBride said that the only way that restaurants will be properly making money is to get back to 100% occupancy, and with it currently at 50%, it can be extremely difficult for some. He does hope, however, that with all the things businesses are trying such as offering take out, that they can satisfy their needs. Eddie is not sure how many businesses will be closing in Lubbock, but he has seen figures predicting about 200.
It's taken its toll on people emotionally and socially. And of course, the business community, all we're trying to do is get back open and generate business.
McBride also discussed his worry about the possibility of the football season not occuring. Eddie explained that many businesses are counting on the revenue from the football season, and therefore if it does not occur, they could suffer. "There is a lot of economic vitality that is generated from a football season, and even other fall sports, that if we don't have these fall sports, I think it's going to continue our difficult opportunities to reopen," Eddie said, going on to say that it will affect people's mental wellbeing as well.
Eddie also talked about several other things still occuring at the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, including a webinar tomorrow at 10 am from Robert Kaplan the CEO of the Dallas Federal Reserve, Lubbock Leadership, the Young Professionals, the 20 Under 40, a Kickoff Breakfast that could be pushed to spring, and more.
Find more info about all these events at lubbockchamber.com and watch the full interview with Eddie McBride in the video above.