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05/31/04

Crowds at Beach Smaller Than Expected

Memorial Day weekend is usually a big money maker for businesses out on Tybee Island. But for some new businesses, the number of sales predicted just didn't add up to big profits.

As beach combers enjoy their last hours of a long holiday weekend on the sand, many island business owners are trying to recoup from what they'd thought would be a profitable weekend. "We knew how to make BBQ, but we didn't know how to treat the crowds," said Mel Gordon of Tybee Butts BBQ.

For new business owners like Gordon, not knowing what kind of crowds to expect was one problem. The other problem was not enough crowds to make the kind of profit he was hoping for. "There's not as much profit as I had hoped," he said. "Work was a lot harder than I thought, but other than that, things turned out to be all right."

Other new business owners say not making the profits they hoped shouldn't affect them in the long run. "It's about like I expected," said Chuck Hulsey of Pirate Bicycles. "Business is picking up, it's the beginning of tourist season."

While the Memorial Day crowds may not have turned out like many had hoped, they still have the summer and the Fourth of July holiday weekend to bring in better profits.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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