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For some biz, homecoming the busiest weekend of year

By William F. West

The Daily Advance

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For Fairfield Inn & Suites manager Jeff Barnett, the financial impact of Elizabeth City State University’s homecoming isn’t hard to measure.

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That the 3 busiest places for in this town for Homecoming is the new hotel, Applebees and the liquor store.

Thought It Was Just Me

2muchtime - That is the way I read it also. Never cared for Appleby's here in Elizabeth City to begin with. So it does not surprise me.

ECSU Homecoming Economically Important

Do I sense a difference in attitudes between Fairfield Inn and Appleby's? Fairfield Inn is dependent on travelers and out-of-towners for survival and is therefore making sure customers are served well. Appleby's on the other hand is more dependent on local people for survival and therefore will be conducting business as usual, nothing special. Even more amazing is the acknowledgement by Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Thorsby and Albemarle Economic Development Director Wayne Harris that they do not know the economic impact of Homecoming. I think other hotel and motel operators have a good ideal of the economic impact.

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