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‘Virus Economy’ Sees NYC Businesses Pivot To Meet COVID-19 Demand

Businesses are getting creative by stocking some unusual items

Massive coronavirus-fueled demand for supplies such as face masks and hand sanitizer have some city businesses branching into new merchandise.

Local small businesses like Sixth Avenue Smoke Shop near West Third Street in the Village are quickly adapting to the rush of shoppers looking to stay healthy as the number of novel coronavirus cases mounts in New York City.

The shop — which usually sells vapes, hookahs and other smoking supplies – stocked up on thousands of face masks and hand sanitizers weeks before New York City’s first confirmed case.

Their supply has outlasted the CVS across the street and Ansonia Pharmacy a few blocks away, both of which have empty shelves.

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