A new business at the Bewley Building has hope. A 60-year-old business at 1 Main St. has been hurt.

In the middle, Linda Roberts of Main Street’s Just Lookin said, “People are afraid to spend money.”

Delphi announced Friday that it will stay in Lockport, but the auto parts maker wants to cut jobs, wages and benefits. The union threatens to strike.

Consumers, proprietors and workers just do not know what will happen.

“It has already hurt,” said Roberts. “Either way, it’s devastating. I hope they can work this out. It is so much up in the air.”

However, the new Katie Bloom store at the corner of Main Street and Market will open Monday.

“I think it’s great that they Delphi will remain open,” said Von Taylor of Katie Bloom. “But I don’t think we need to depend 100 percent on Delphi. ... People get scared, but there are lot of us left, a lot of people that need to shop. I think Lockport is turning around. Look at Main Street. It’s fantastic. It really is. I’m really not worried about it.”

She noted that while there are 4,000 people that work at Delphi, there are more than 10 times that who reside in Lockport and the Town of Lockport.

“Not everybody that works at Delphi lives in Lockport, so I think there are plenty of people in Lockport who will help support the small businesses,” Taylor said.

William T. Scirto, who will celebrate his 60th year at Scitro’s Jewelers on 1 Main St. on Dec. 7, said, “It has affected us, no question about that. Nobody knows what’s going on. People who are working out there don’t know. We don’t know. We don’t know how to plan on the future either. It’s very, very difficult right now.”

Scirto noted that business has been hurt for the past 25 years as Harrison Radiator cut from 13,000 to 4,000 jobs.

“Everybody in the city was working,” he recalled. “We’re surviving right now, but if they go on strike it’s really going to hurt everybody.”

Roberts said March has been a very hard month. “I do hope they’ll stay, and I hope they can work out a solution with the union, even if it means taking a loss in wages,” she said “People are waiting to see what happens. That seems to be the general consensus with everyone I’ve spoken with.”

Carl Berg of Amherst wonders how much skill level is needed on the job at Delphi. “The guys on the line could bring a wealth of experience that may not be reflected in the TV coverage,” he said. “Maybe what we see is not the full measure of what they’re bringing to the line.”

“Watch the coverage on TV, and you see the people working the line. The tasks that they’re engaged in don’t seem that burdensome. You know that those jobs could be done by people that would be willing to accept a little less in some other country.”

Al Zamorski of Wheatfield said, “I don’t think there’s much of a choice. They’re going to have to make concessions if they want to keep the plant around. Everybody’s got to give a little bit.”

John Taylor of Lockport said, “I think it’s every man for himself out there ... Look at the community. Look at industry. Everybody is cutting back. Steel mills, automobile manufacturers, they’re all going out of state.”

Ed Daigler of Lockport offered, “I feel sorry for the people, but the company has to make money. If it doesn’t make money, they cannot stay open. I’m not in the position to say if they’re making money or if they’re not making money.”

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