Chapin, SC (WLTX) - Businesses in Chapin are bracing themselves for the economic loss they might face now that thousands of people were laid off from the V.C. Summer Nuclear Power Plant.
Santee Cooper and SCE&G announced Monday they were walking away from plan to build two new reactors at the Fairfield County energy plant, after spending years and billions on the uncompleted project.
Roughly 5,600 people were told they no longer had a job.
Beaufort Street in Chapin has about eight local shops along one street. Six of the eight reported knowing someone who was directed affected by the layoffs.
The Tipsy Toad Tavern had a full house the night of the announcement. Folks were talking about the closing and wishing each other the best of luck on their next career path.
The Lake Murray Flower Shoppe told News19 they have flower arrangements that go to the plant and now they're not sure what will happen to that business.
The Classic Auto Replicas owner Terry Wilson said he gets a few men ask about their collectibles and how much they're worth. "They'll probably now how to sell them for sure" he said.
The Mayor of Chapin Skip Wilson said they're already working on networking opportunities for folks. He told News19 that Core Technology Solutions was already willing to update resumes for free.
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