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Nearby Businesses React to Pelham Manor Explosion

PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. – The explosion that leveled a Pelham Manor gas station and damaged an auto repair shop early Friday morning also affected nearby businesses. The explosion at the Gulf gas station on Secor Lane cracked nine of the upper windows on the rear of the Sleepy's across the street. Tyler Paiva, district operations manager for Sleepy's in Westchester and Rockland counties, made the trip to the Pelham Manor store to assess the damage. Paiva said the store had decent foot traffic Friday despite the road closures in the area. "I don't know that it will affect business that much," Paiva said. The manager said only the outside portion of the windows was damaged and that no internal damage occurred to the store. But one window in particular is in critical condition. "A good slam of a door could probably pop that window," Paiva said. Paiva submitted a request for repair on the windows, but the three day weekend caused by Columbus Day could delay the process. Still, he hopes that the repairs will occur soon because even inclement weather could cause a problem. "I'd rather have it repaired than not," Paiva said. Honkoock Jung works at Nuts About Candy, a store attached to Sleepy's. He arrived at the store at 7:30 a.m. and saw the remains of the gas station across the street. Jung said the explosion and subsequent road closures affected business at his store in the morning. "We're very slow now," Jung said at approximately 10 a.m., adding that usually "we have a lot of customers come this way."

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