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The Shawnee News-Star
  • IFYR brings increased business to Shawnee restaurants, retailers

  • A weeklong increase of more than 850 youth and their families has helped some Shawnee businesses.


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  • A weeklong increase of more than 850 youth and their families has helped some Shawnee businesses.

    The youth, who hail from 25 different states, all came to the 2012 International Finals Youth Rodeo. Many of the competitors brought friends and family as well. Due to this increase of people, Sonic’s sales have increased “extremely,” manager Ryan Baldwin said.

    “It’s picked up at least $1,500 a day,” she said. “My employees have been really enjoying the rodeo, and everyone dressed up.” The Pizza Hut on Kickapoo Street hasn’t had more take-out customers, but manager Joy Riaz said there have been more dinein customers.
    “We’ve had quite a few more dine-ins during the day,” she said.
    She added that evening business hasn’t really been impacted.
    Scott Kingrey, manager of Shawnee Mall, said visitors are going to restaurants more than retailers.
    “No one from the rodeo is going to go to Sears and buy a washer and dryer,” he said, “but they sure are going to go to Buffalo Wild Wings and Santa Fe Cattle Company and get a bite to eat.”
    But not all business are seeing sales go up. Golden Corral hasn’t noticed an increase in business, manager Derek McGirt said.
    “Normally we have a lot more business from the rodeo,” he said.
    Homeland on Independence Street has noticed an increase in business, especially from people dressed in rodeo gear, Ken Dew, Homeland manager said.
    “We’ve seen a difference in business,” he said.
     

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