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August 14, 2012

Saving Hutch's

WEATHERFORD —  

Family and Facebook: they’re beautiful things.

In an economy that is becoming more and more cut throat, businesses are having to try new and different things simply to survive. Jodi Theodore saw her parent’s Weatherford business, Hutch’s Pie and Sandwich Shop, suffering a downturn and decided to do something about it.

Theodore posted on Facebook for everyone to come to the business Saturday, which was titled “Save Hutch’s Day” to get people inside the doors. It worked, as people were lined up outside the doors to get into the business on College Park Drive. A map was posted on Facebook showing potential customers how to get arounf construction.

“This is about three or four times what we normally do on a Saturday,” owner Dave Hutchens said. “It’s been that way for the last two days.”

Theodore said the lines were still going strong late in the afternoon Saturday. This isn’t the first time she’s used social media to come to the aid of someone in need.

“About five or six years ago a friend of mine lost her home in a flood,” Theodore said. “I used MySpace to organize a benefit and we wound up making like $3,000 so they could get the inside of their home redone.”

Hutchens bought the business in 1985. As he and his staff kneaded dough and put pies into the fryer at a breakneck pace Saturday, he said that business is down about 10 to 15 percent related to the construction on South Main Street, but also said that business has been lagging the last two to three years.

“The economy’s tough. There are a lot of new eating places out there,” Hutchens said. “This is all due to Facebook. I am a new fan of Facebook.”

In a Facebook post dated Aug. 7, it was written “we know it’s been difficult to get a fried pie with all the construction. Believe us, it’s been hard to stay afloat. Help us stay in business by supporting Hutch’s. We need you!”

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