Anthony Perrine is prepared for whatever else 2020 might throw at him.
Perrine, owner of Lou Perrine’s Gas & Grocery at 5145 Sheridan Road, is facing a steep decline in business as a result of the devastating coronavirus pandemic that hit in March.
He’s also experiencing a notable decrease in foot traffic that began in the days following the controversial police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake and the downtown destruction that followed in August.
And things got worse on Friday night (Oct. 2), after a woman accidentally drove her Jeep straight into his establishment, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage and weeks of closure for repairs.
Perrine, an amateur boxer, pulled no punches during an interview with Kenosha.com.
“Can this year be done with?” the 35-year-old said during a socially distanced interview at his empty gas station. Barring space aliens invading, “We’ve had it all happen.”
That’s why he wasn’t too shocked when he got a call from an employee about the Friday night incident.
“They said somebody just hit the building,” said Perrine, who was in Colorado on a business trip when it occurred. “I said OK, how bad is it?’ They said, ‘You don’t understand. The whole car is in the building.’”
Perrine said the majority of the west side of his building was taken out by the driver he said accidentally put her vehicle in drive instead of reverse. The beer and wine area, ATM machine and shelving units were destroyed.
Luckily, no one was hurt.
“She was two feet away from my staff,” Perrine said. “Somebody in line ran out of the way. We were in the middle of a typical Friday night. In all honesty, we were lucky it’s been so slow.”