Restaurants and delivery drivers in the Netherlands are feeling the impact of rising gas prices

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Rising gas prices continue to affect people across the country and in the Lowcountry, restaurants and food delivery services are feeling the impact on their business.

“That’s definitely a concern. It’s something we’re monitoring,” says Charleston Sports Pub owner Perry Freeman.

Freeman says that with five different locations in the Lowcountry, his restaurant averages more than 100 deliveries a week, but he’s not sure that’s sustainable.

“I don’t know with these current prices if we’re going to make it profitable for our drivers, we’ll have to almost double their wages,” Freeman says.

Drivers with food delivery services are also feeling the pressure. Tyler McDowell is a driver in Goose Creek and says that even though he drives a hybrid car, he still pays five to six dollars more a day to fill it up.

“It’s really good for gas, but I still have to fill up every day. It was about $30 a day and now it’s $34 or $35 a day,” says McDowell.

McDowell says he makes around 20-30 trips or food deliveries every night and while gas prices are weighing heavily on his wallet, he depends on his income and doesn’t plan to stop driving just yet. .

“As long as I make enough money to support myself and my living situation, I will continue to do so. If it continues to hit $6 a gallon, there must be a point where I draw a line,” McDowell said.

The national average for the cost of gas is $4.25 per gallon.

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