Chiefs Impact Local Businesses

Published 08/01 2010 05:23PM

Updated 08/02 2010 09:26AM

As thousands of Cheifs fans paint the field red, St. Joseph is starting to see some green.

They have been the talk of the town since arriving just days ago now the Chiefs are impacting local hotel numbers.

The Stoney Creek Inn on Woodbine says they have given roughly 60 rooms over the past two nights to Chiefs fans already.

The Ramada Inn has sold nearly 10 rooms and made several reservations for chiefs fans as well.

Stoney Creek says while they are normally busy this time of year having the Chiefs here means catering to a different demographic.

"This is just another reason to get new customers in so maybe even after chiefs training camp is over they will come back and visit us again," said hotel employee, Tracie Rouse.

Chiefs paraphernalia is also selling like crazy.

Fireside Gifts on the north Belt says sales have increased significantly.

Just yesterday, the store sold around $800 dollars worth of merchandise 65% of which was Chiefs gear.

Store workers say a lot of their sales are coming from area businesses looking to buy chiefs flags.

They sold so many flags that the store had to place them on rush order.

The store says with business running slow the extra customers could not have come at a better time.

"I think it is going to be good for St. Joe. With the economy the way it is every little bit helps. If you provide good customer service they are going to want to come back and see us," said store clerk, Karen Bailey.

Fireside Gifts is currently running a special for Chiefs fans.

Buy $25 worth of merchandise and get a free Chiefs flag.

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