Front Royal business owners thankful for CARES grants

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FRONT ROYAL – The town had disbursed $865,000 of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act grants to over 90 businesses, according to Chamber of Commerce President Niki Cales.Businesses are eligible to receive CARES disbursements from the town, via the Chamber of Commerce, in amounts ranging from $2,500-$20,000 depending on gross 2019 receipts. Interim Town Manager Matt Tederick recently said the first round of CARES Act disbursements “was a wild success.”“We were on the cutting edge early in this pandemic to try to find a way to offer some relief…The months that we spent trying to come up with a program allowed us to launch that much sooner to help these businesses,” he said.

Rick Novak, the owner of Royal Cinemas and the Royal Family Bowling Center, said each of his businesses received the maximum $20,000 available through the CARES Act. Compared to previous years’ revenues, Novak said the bowling center is down about $200,000, or 40%, and the movie theater is down $274,000, or 70%. While both of his businesses have reopened, they remain unable to operate at full capacity as proper social distancing measures are followed.“We’re super, super grateful for those awards…That still won’t get my head above water, …

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