Gusts of wind bent back trees along the back of many Pine Brook businesses on Route 46 Monday morning, but despite the beginning of Hurricane Sandy's arrival in Montville, many business owners said they planned to stay open.
"We don't close. We're die-hard here," Tiffany's of Pine Brook Manager Pete Siragusa said.
Siragusa said the business did not flood last year, and has not typically flooded during other storms.
"We're actually pretty high up here," he said.
But his biggest concern was if the restaurant loses power. Otherwise, Siragusa said Tiffany's will remain open throughout the storm.
"It depends on the conditions," he said.
Guy Gencarelli, owner of Gencarelli's, said "we're staying open."
Gencarelli said he is looking out for his employees and only asking them to volunteer to work if they are able. He will also be delivering some pizzas himself.
"We're not making anybody come in that doesn't have to," he said.
Gencarelli said his business typically does not flood but he is also hoping he does not lose power. As of Monday afternoon, Montville police said no power outages were reported.
Tijo Chandy, an employee of Montville Wine & Liquors, on Changebridge Road, said business was slow Monday.
"It was so busy yesterday, but today, not busy at all," he said.
A couple doors down, Teresa Marra, owner of Marra's Italian Deli, said she had a lot of business Monday from corporate offices, where people were required to come in to work. Marra said the deli also planned to stay open during the storm for as long as possible.
"We're just playing it by ear and seeing how it goes with the weather," she said.