Missouri taxi company shuts down amid labor shortages and gas prices: ‘heartbreaking’ for society
One Missouri taxi company that has faithfully served the local community for more than a decade is shutting down after two years of labor shortages, rising gas prices and supply chain problems.
“It was really a mixture of all things,” Terry’s taxi co-owner Angie Nickerson said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Fox News on Friday.
“Definitely the lack of labor, the gas prices, the cars in the shop, the inability to get parts. I mean, it’s all combined into one…it’s time.”
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Angie and Terry Nickerson Sr. For 13 years they are the only 24 hour auto service with accessible wheelchairs in their community.
“Fox and Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhart asked the husband what Columbia society would lose by saying goodbye to a long-term company like Terry’s Taxi.
“They’re going to miss out on a reliable flight,” replied Terry Nickerson, Sr.
“When they make a reservation, go to work or go to the hospital… they know the ride is going… to be there on time.”
Nickerson Sr. said he hopes another taxi service will “pick up the slack” and be “available” to people in Colombia.
“It was heartbreaking for us to have to shut down, just knowing they were left stranded. I don’t know what they’re going to do,” said Angie.
The Nickerson family’s struggles come in the wake of a “perfect storm” of inflation, labor shortages and supply chain issues wreaking havoc on small businesses nationwide.
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The two stressed that they gave “everything they had” to their community before the economy took over.
“We want everyone to know that it was a very difficult decision to make, the decision to close the doors,” Inge said.
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