Spring Break at Texas Tech affects Lubbock businesses

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 3/16/2014 9:31 pm
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It is Spring Break on the Texas Tech campus. The only noise to be heard is the whistling of the West Texas wind. But how does that affect businesses normally crowded by busy students?

"Obviously when you lose 30-thousand customers, business is going to drop somewhat," Joe Felicia, manager of One Guy From Italy said.

It is one of the most popular restaurants near campus. The sign said open, but there was only one customer inside. One Guy From Italy is much slower than usual.

"Definitely. Not as chaotic. A lot less crazy. No lines, the phone stops ringing off the hook," Felicia said. "Any given Friday or Saturday here, the phone rings non-stop and the ovens are constantly full. So it's kind of relaxed.

FELICIA said the restaurant closes two hours earlier than normal this week, revenue drops, and with eight out of 12 employees being Tech students, the four workers left are on overdrive.

"But our customers sort of change, because we draw a lot more families now," Felicia said. "Because a lot of people know that the kids are away on Spring Break, so there's much more parking, it's a lot quieter down here. So business does drop somewhat, but not that much."

But there is one business that actually benefits from Spring Break, Troy's Ski Lubbock. While most shops around town are slow and empty, Ski Lubbock is seeing the exact opposite.

"We see a lot of customers during Spring Break. It's our last big push for the ski season," Ski Lubbock Owner Phillip Howard said.

This is the second busiest week of the entire year for Ski Lubbock. Every single item is almost completely sold out.

"So we have a lot of people that come in to rent equipment, we also have a lot of people coming in to get all of their apparel and all of their accessories that they're going to need before they hit the mountain. You don't want to buy anything once you get there. But yeah, it's definitely a busy time for us," Howard said.

And while the big rush for students to be mountain ready for Spring Break keeps him busy, Howard said even his shop sees a slow spell once the campus clears out.

"Yeah, we are very very busy leading the few days up in to Spring Break," Howard said. "We're very busy the Friday that Spring Break starts, and the Saturday, but by the time Monday and Tuesday rolls down and the middle of the week, it's like a ghost town in here. Everybody is already gone."

So it seems as though while most businesses hope their Red Raiders have a fun, relaxing Spring Break... they want those students to know that Lubbock misses them, and is ready for them to come back home.
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