Cape Cod businesses hope for a busy summer as supply chain and housing remain a challenge

With warmer weather around the corner, Cape Cod businesses are gearing up for what they hope will be a busy summer season after two years impacted by COVID-19.

Everywhere you turn on Commercial Street in Provincetown, people are sprucing up their buildings or setting up outdoor seating.

Lobster Pot manager Shawn McNulty said he was praying for a safe good season, but was still seeing minor supply chain disruptions.

“You know, we ordered three bushels of onions last week. We only have one,” he said. “It’s, like, ridiculous – we’re talking about onions. Things like that.”

Last summer, shops, restaurants and nightclubs entered the season hoping for a return to normal. But the appearance of the Delta variant put a damper on some of them.

At the Commercial Street hardware store, Lands End Marine Supply, they’re ready for anything, said office manager Denise Page.

“We don’t really know what to expect this season,” she said. “I think we’ve learned to expect the unexpected. … We’re going to prepare for it to be a great summer, and hopefully we’ll have everything stocked up.

The hardware store’s supply chain issues have mostly been resolved, she said.

Meanwhile, finding enough employees and housing for them remains one of the biggest challenges for employers.

“We’ve already rented two staff houses,” said William Garcia, owner of Helltown Kitchen, a Provincetown restaurant entering its fourth summer.

Providing housing is the only way for most employers to operate, he said. “That’s our biggest challenge right now, for everyone in town.”

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