These NYC businesses are actually thriving during coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus is proving healthy for some city businesses.

While fears over the epidemic have shut down everything from Big Apple schools to nightclubs amid mass self-quarantining, there are still a few enterprises that have not only survived, but thrived.

Online booze-delivery services, car-rental firms and local bodegas are among the lucky ones, workers said Monday.

“Friday, March 13, was Drizly’s largest day ever in sales, beating out New Year’s Eve and Halloween, which are usually our most popular days,’’ a rep for the alcohol-delivery service told The Post.

At Minibar Delivery, a rep said, “Thursday was 80 percent higher than the previous Thursday,’’ and Sunday was 57 percent more than a week earlier.

And the numbers could only get better — Gov. Cuomo announced that starting at 8 p.m. Monday, there was to be no more congregating at any city bars or restaurants.

“As people start to social distance, they are stocking up on all things including alcohol, and we believe delivery feels like a safer … option,’’ said Minibar Delivery CEO and founder Lindsey Andrews.

The company said New York City orders helped drive its coronavirus gains, followed by Houston and DC.

The virus also is creating a boon for the local car-rental business — with more New Yorkers looking to either get out of town to dodge the crowds or take advantage of school being out and hitting the road with the kids to see family, employees said.

At an Avis Car Rental on East 43rd Street in Manhattan, the woman answering the phone Monday crowed, “Business is great!”

A male worker at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car on the Upper East Side in Manhattan said, “There’s a lot more reservations than normal.

“A lot of customers are renting vehicles to leave the city. They’re just trying to stay away,’’ the employee said. “There’s a lot of people going to Florida, more south.”

At a Hertz Car Rental on Union Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn, worker Carlyle Michel said, “Some people are just going back home to family or just going because their kids are out of school.’’

Matthew Walters, the 39-year-old owner of the Douglaston Deli on the Douglaston Parkway in Queens, said he’s seen a boost in his bottom line since the spread of the coronavirus, too.

“I’m not going to lie, sales are way up. Like when a snowstorm hits,’’ Walters said of business.

“I got a bread delivery at 7 a.m. this morning. Two hours later, it’s all gone! Cold cuts, milk, eggs, just disappearing!

“I got a big delivery coming tomorrow, quadruple my usual order of everything. I hope everything on the order gets here.”

Filed under