CEO of Superwash Dionisio D'Aguilar said in the 13 days following Hurricane Matthew, his company spent an estimated $16,000 on diesel for fuel generators over the franchise's 10 locations."When a hurricane comes along, the biggest challenge is to keep it operational in terms of getting diesel because the whole country goes down so everybody's generator is on and everybody needs diesel," D'Aguilar told Guardian Business.
A day after Hurricane Matthew left New Providence, hundreds of people formed lines at local gas stations in fear of an island-wide shortage. The long lines lasted for almost a week despite numerous attempts to eliminate rumors that there was a shortage of fuel.
D'Aguilar asserted that every business in The Bahamas needs a generator. He explained that after the storm, people resorted to Superwash to use the laundromat's electrical utilities in addition to its regular services.
He said that he spent in total at least $515,000 to install generators for each location in order to sustain his business.
"In addition to the initial cost, you have to maintain it and keep it fueled for the frequent times when we don't have power in the summer and we load shed," said D'Aguilar.
Xian Smith, Guardian Business Reporter
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