Winter weather affecting midstate businesses

lmorris@macon.comJanuary 28, 2014 

During the day Tuesday, as a winter storm threatened, many midstate businesses were looking to the skies and taking a wait-and-see stance on whether to let employees go home early and close up shop.

Just before lunchtime Tuesday at Good to Go restaurant in downtown Macon, everything was, well, good to go.

“We are open until Snowmageddon hits,” owner Saralyn Harvey said. “It seems like people are going about their business as usual.”

Harvey said she would determine later Tuesday if she would open for lunch on Wednesday.

“We are just going to play it by ear,” she said.

Midstate malls and shopping centers were assessing their hours as the snow and ice approached.

The Macon Mall closed early Tuesday, but as of 5 p.m. a decision had not been made about Wednesday.

“We will make a decision about Wednesday hours based on the conditions (Wednesday) morning,” said Coles Hull, marketing and communications analyst for Hull Storey Gibson Co., which owns and manages Macon Mall.

The Houston County Galleria Mall also closed early Tuesday, and General Manager Jana Reeves said mall management will “assess the late opening early” Wednesday.

The Shoppes at River Crossing shopping center in north Bibb County closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“We will be monitoring the weather conditions and make a determination (Wednesday) morning on the need to delay our opening time,” said Bill Baker, general manager. “We anticipate this decision to be made around 8:30 a.m.”

Dublin Mall plans to open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, but some tenants plan open later.

“We want our tenants to do what is right and what is safe for them,” said Todd Wilson, senior vice president for leasing and management for McKnight Properties, which owns and manages the mall.

Central Georgia Health System, which operates The Medical Center of Central Georgia and The Medical Center of Peach County, closed various departments for the safety of patients and workers, according to an email.

Some of the departments closed on Wednesday include Cardiology/Cardiovascular Services, Central Georgia Breast Care Center, Macon Health Club, The Wellness Center and Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital. For a complete list of closed departments, go to www.cghs­

The emergency departments at the Macon and Byron hospitals will remain open for patients in need of emergency care.

At Coliseum Health System, it’s “business as usual,” Robin Parker, director of marketing, said in an email Tuesday. “We are fully staffed and all services are being provided as usual.”

The Coliseum has made accommodations for staff transportation as well as overnight accommodations for some staff members if necessary, Parker said.

“We are fully prepared for inclement weather and staff is being updated regularly,” she said. “We have implemented our emergency management operation plan regarding inclement weather, and we are participating with the emergency management services.”

Houston Healthcare plans to open its business operations and its Med-Stops at noon Wednesday. The emergency room will remain open.

Other business closings in Middle Georgia include:

• H.E.A. Federal Credit Union in Warner Robins plans to open at noon Wednesday.

• HeritageBank of the South plans to open at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

• Robins Federal Credit Union plans to open at 10 a.m., weather permitting.

• The Landings Golf Club in Warner Robins will be closed until 11 a.m. Wednesday.

• State Bank and Trust Co. plans to open its offices at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

• River Edge Behavioral Health Center will be closed Wednesday. All River Edge residential/crisis sites will remain open.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223. Businesses may email Morris at to report closings.

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