Winter storm delays Valentine's Day deliveries

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Local florists are delaying deliveries and working long hours to ensure customers receive Valentine’s Day orders.

Some florists told Channel 9 they were rescheduling deliveries to homes and delaying dates until Sunday and Monday.

The Blossom Shop on Park Road said employees drove during the snow and ice on Wednesday and Thursday to make some deliveries early, with nearly 500 total orders to fill.

Owner Ted Todd said the biggest challenge was moving delivery vans around town.

“We can make the dozen roses, pretty arrangements; we have the staff to do that. The weather keeps us from actually getting them to the door,” Todd said.

Todd estimated the winter storm caused a 30 percent dip in business and said his store would be left with unused flowers because they ordered product before the snow and ice arrived.