Staff shortages threaten local businesses in Mahomet despite high customer demand


MAHOMET, Ill. (WCIA) — The Hen House is a local favorite in Mahomet.

They have gotten plenty of business since restaurants were allowed to reopen. But now, the owners said just the general manager and assistant general manager are the only ones working available full time.

In a Facebook post, restaurant officials told customers that because of the labor shortages, they will be closing all night shifts and are closing every day at 2 p.m. until they find more staff.

It’s a trend that’s affected businesses all over Mahomet, such as Hen House, Project 47 and Monical’s.

Walter Pierce, the director of the Mahomet Chamber of Commerce, said right now many people don’t have a lot of incentives to go back to work.

He said while many places are getting a bunch of business, many employers simply can’t keep up with the demand. He said this can kill small business across local economies.

“If those places start closing early and shuttering, then everyone’s going to Champaign for eating and shopping,” Pierce said. “It’s just a domino that kills small communities.”

The Chamber has been stopping by local restaurants and retail centers to check in on what their needs are. They’ve posted a job board updating people in town with the latest openings.

If you’re looking for work, and aren’t sure where to apply, you can look at their job board here.

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