By Seth Dukes
Kenny Pollock of Pollock’s Appliance says that his grandson, Ethan Fackler, is 19 years old going on 35. Fackler’s maturity was put to the test when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Family members didn’t want Kenny in the store while the virus was running rampant, so they asked Fackler if he could hold down the fort while his grandfather stayed healthy at home.
Fackler, who graduated this year, has worked for the family business for some time after school and during the summer, but not to the extent that he has since the pandemic began.
“It’s a lot of stress really, keeping everybody happy and getting done what needs to be done,” said Fackler.
He still had to find a way to balance his new responsibilities with his school work. After working at the store during the day, Fackler would come home in the afternoon and finish his school work. He says that his teachers were very understanding and supportive.
Though many small businesses have been struggling throughout the pandemic, Fackler says that they’ve actually seen business increase.
“Most people are home now, so they’re realizing that stuff is breaking, and they’re getting tired of looking at their old refrigerator,” Fackler explained.
Kenny Pollock is proud of his grandson, and says that Fackler will eventually take over the family business completely.
“He has done quite well,” said Pollock. “People love Ethan. He is a 19-year-old going on 35, and he’s my number one.”