As more and more people start to come out, businesses are trying to fill vacancies as many can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — For more than 50 businesses in downtown Knoxville, not only are they seeing more foot traffic as more and more people are out and about, but they’re also starting to add more employees. 

It’s a welcome sign for many as they’ve felt the burden of the pandemic. 

“It has been incredibly challenging – everything from staffing to learning new systems, be it to-go, (and) trying to pivot,” said Chris Ford, owner of Sweet P’s BBQ.

Ford was forced to cut back hours, even closing one of his stores, but now things are looking up. 

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