Despite seasonal hiring challenges, business owners have high hopes on the Jersey Shore

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – New York Town and New Jersey shorelines open this weekend for the unofficial start off of summer months. 

CBS2’s Leah Mishkin went to Seaside Heights to see how businesses along the shore are gearing up for the vacation weekend. 

Final yr shore cities ended up having difficulties to uncover seasonal staff members and that impacted some of their bottom lines due to the fact they had to shorten their days.

The operator of Kohr’s First Custard Stores Gregory Kohr says choosing for this summer has been better, but it is really continue to a challenge.

“It really is most people that I speak to. Everyone is acquiring a problem. I never know actually what the trigger is. Right before I attributed to all the unemployment that they were acquiring, the further $300. I can remain residence and I’ll make much more funds,” Kohr claimed. 

Past summer time, he was down about 10% in revenue as opposed to pre-pandemic figures. They had to shorten times considering that there was a struggle to find seasonal personnel. 

Even with hiring, Kohr is optimistic for this summer season. He’s hoping to make the similar profits he was looking at pre-pandemic, or much better. And he has substantial hopes for Memorial Working day Weekend. He states it is just one of the largest weekends of the time.

“The pandemic is unquestionably significantly less than what it was past yr. The dread degree is a whole lot much less than what it was, and we have the gain that we’re outside,” Kohr reported. 

And in New Jersey, you not only have the beach front, but entry to point out parks will be no cost all summertime, commencing this weekend. 

“Pretty fired up to be back,” reported Cedar Grove resident Tina Rendeiro. 

It’s the initial weekend Rendeiro and her family members are remaining at their Shore house. 

“Great to see folks coming back. It truly is beginning to fill up once again,” Rendeiro stated. 

Locals and 1st-timers are coming to Seaside Heights. 

“I am originally from Brooklyn, so this is new to me,” explained Phil Gargiulo. 

“Minors are normally until eventually 9 o’clock, and they can only do the job 8 hour sifts. So it truly is very rough. We have to have these adults, or 18+, that can work 12 several hours or much less that that, but function right until midnight,” explained Maria Saltzman of Casino Pier. 

Saltzman claims they are also hunting for some additional personnel, but the circumstance is improved than last year. 

Both of those companies are anticipating a superior period. 

“Memorial Day is when we form of start opening virtually entire time. The water park opens this weekend far too, so we are hoping for sunny skies,” Saltzman reported. 

Leah Mishkin contributed to this report.