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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Storm’s effect on local businesses fairly minimal

Superstorm Sandy mostly spared Fredericksburg-area businesses.

Local economic development directors and commercial real estate owners reported little property damage from the storm, which didn’t hit the area as hard as feared. There were some reports of minor building leaks, and the fence between Interstate 95 and the Spotsylvania Towne Centre had some damage.

Most of Sandy’s worst effects were closer to where the storm made landfall along the New Jersey coast. The extensive damage in New York City has commanded most of the headlines.

The storm did force many Fredericksburg-area businesses to close early Monday. Some, such as the Rappahannock Area YMCA, remained closed Tuesday. Foode, a restaurant in downtown Fredericksburg, closed Tuesday after being unable to receive its supplies as normal from area farmers and artisans. The nearby Eileen’s Bakery & Cafe also decided to close Tuesday.

The storm actually boosted some area businesses. Paragon Village 12 in Spotsylvania County reported bustling crowds as children who were off from school and their parents looked for an activity. Grocery and hardware stores also had brisk sales leading up to the storm as people prepared for a local disaster that never unfolded.

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