Extended strike hits hard at businesses near Lockheed Martin



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Posted on June 14, 2012 at 11:28 PM

FORT WORTH — With the Lockheed Martin strike now in its seventh week, businesses near the giant defense plant say they are feeling the pinch.

"I don't think they anticipated it going on this long," said Janet Clark, manager at The Point Restaurant. "I know I didn't."

Open since 1952, the restaurant is just outside the gates of the sprawling Lockheed facility. Clark says in the weeks since the strike began, the crowds for lunch and dinner have dwindled.

It's a similar story at El Ranchito in White Settlement. They’re offering a “Striker's Special,” just for union members.

“It's only $3.99," Elida Salas said. "We try to help them; that way they can help us, too."

Jim Ryan, director of economic development for White Settlement, says the town of 16,000 residents has seen sales tax revenue double in three years. He's hoping the strike won't slow that momentum too much.

“We haven't seen it in the state taxes yet, because it runs two to three months behind," Ryan said. "It will get here."

And for businesses that are hurting now, they want the strike to end soon.

“It's affecting our economy,” Clark said. "What are we going to do, just sit and not talk for another two months?"

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