Uptown businesses in Greenville benefit from return of ECU students

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Monday begins a new school year at East Carolina University, and Greenville’s Uptown businesses are taking full advantage.

“It’s like the student invasion,” said owner of Bicycle Post Charlie Smith.

That’s what they call it in Uptown this time of year.

Bicycle post is just one of the businesses in uptown excited for classes to be back in session.

“You ask other business men in this area and they’re all saying the same thing, it’s amazing,” Smith explained.

Her shop is within walking distance from campus.

She said being that close is beneficial to both students and her business. “A lot of them don’t have cars and they have no bicycles. They’re just right here on the west end so they’re able to come in, and we try to service their bicycle, since it’s their only mode of transportation, on the same day.”

In preparations for this week, they’ve even extended their hours. This is their first Sunday open.

“Just as an added convenience for the students that are coming into town,” Smith said. “So far it’s been a good thing. We’ve had a steady flow since we’ve opened up today. It’s been steady ever since.”

Next door at Chico’s, the manager Nancy Anderson said they’ve been prepping for this moment all summer.

“Our numbers are great this year,” Anderson said. “We’re just thrilled to have everybody back, we’ve been ordering so much stuff we went through 250 pounds of chicken just on Friday.”

Incoming freshman, Bella Krouse, said they plan to utilize their location to these businesses to their advantage.

“To make more friends meet new people to kind of explore it a little bit to get acquainted with the downtown area.”

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