Huseyin Ay, owner of H&M Coffee at Chichester station, said his small businesses would be hit hard by the rail strikes this week.
Mr Ay called the situation “unfair” and said he still had to pay rent, staff and bills amid the current cost of living crisis.
He told Sussex World today (Tuesday June 21): ‘Obviously there are no passengers and no business for us. We have to close up shop but what do we expect from them? It’s for a few days and I hope the rent is free as part of the compensation.
“It’s not our fault. It was like this before and it took so long – I didn’t get any money then.
“No, it’s not fair at all – we’re just a very small business and we won’t have any income during the strike period and I have staff to pay and bills to pay. Every day I costs a certain amount of money.
“It’s a national strike so it’s not Southern Railway. It’s really frustrating.”
Asked about the impact of the cost of living crisis on his business in recent months, Mr Ay said: “Everyone is in the same situation but in this time we have to live with it.
“Last year milk cost us £1, and now it’s £1.40. That’s a 40 per cent increase.”