Business That's Seen It All Shocked By VC Summer Layoffs

SCANA and Santee Cooper just laid off 56 hundred workers at the facility after deciding to stop construction on two nuclear units. How does this impact the town of Peak

Peak, SC (WLTX) - In the town of Peak, about 15 minutes away from the VC Summer Nuclear Station, where over 5,600 people were laid off this week, a local business has seen a lot through 67 years of serving the community in that area.

And they're providing insight and perspective on the impact the stopping of the plant had on the community.

By the back door of Peak Pharmacy on a small wall is the only picture of all three generations that have had a hand in the success the business.

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"We've been open for 67 years," explained pharmacist Mary Jo Dyches.

They've been through two fires and bounced back, and were there for the building of the first nuclear reactor at V.C. Summer more than 30 years ago.

"We've still survived and found a way to hang on" she said.

Earlier this week, Santee Cooper and SCE&G abandoned a plan to build two new reactors there at V.C. Summer, putting thousands out of work. So we wondered what's the biggest impact they've seen since the devastating news was announced.

"When this project was started we tried to support that by trying to find places for people to live and restaurants," Dyches said. "There aren't a lot of restaurants around here, and people tried to open new restaurants to support them, not only to make a dollar but to support our community."

They themselves opened a campground a few miles down from the plant for all the workers that came in from out of state. "We invested a good bit in that trying to meet the need for those people," she said.

They went from having 40 campers to half that number now. 

For the businesses that opened to cater to the plant, she has this insight. "There are other industries coming in and they'll have to learn to cater to other businesses and other places if that's what you want to do, you can't put all your eggs in one basket sometimes."

For their campground she says, "We'll just have to take it one day at a time."

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