Small business owners are absorbing the costs of current rising gas prices – CBS Pittsburgh

By: Shelley Bortz / KDKA-TV

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Small business owners say soaring gas prices are affecting every aspect of their business.

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No one is exempt from skyrocketing costs at the gas pump. From grocery purchases to household items to utilities are widely felt.

Donora’s Mark Niskosky said: “I filled up my Toyota Highlander for $4.19 a gallon and it wasn’t pleasant.

These rising prices are having a diminishing effect. Shoppers say they are seeing prices climb at grocery stores.

“Depending on how your income is, look for more coupons and what’s on sale, check ads. Brian Magliochette from Green Tree says anything you can do to save a little.

Small business owners say they’re also feeling like failures. Jeff Cohen, who owns Smallman Deli and Weiss Provision Meat Wholesaler in the Strip District, says long periods of soaring gas prices increase the cost of doing business on a daily basis. For now, Cohen is succeeding, but eventually, he may be under pressure to pass costs on to his clients.

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“Everything you get delivered, the cost goes up for everyone. As the price per pound goes up, you have to order more to keep the price right. It affects everyone. We deliver our own, so we have five trucks on the road, so every time you deliver an order, it costs you more, and compared to a year ago, that’s more than 50% more than a year ago. with a year ago,” Cohen said.

Baris Budak, owner of Pizza Parma in downtown Liberty Avenue, says gas prices have affected all aspects of his business. He said it would be more expensive to make pizzas and then deliver them. Gas means delivery drivers will spend more at the pump.

Just like Cohen, he’s not ready to raise prices yet. He said while customers can expect that, he will wait and see how much gas prices go up.

“Customers are understanding the situation. It’s not just pizza. Everything is too expensive right now. Things have gone up and I just feel like people have gotten used to it and that’s not a good thing,” Budak said.

AAA expects gas prices to continue to rise, especially as we head into summer.

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