Augusta businesses reopen after Masters Week

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

Closing for the week of the Masters Tournament is a tradition to some businesses.

Many have found that they spend more money staying open during that week than they take in.

News 12's Domonique Benn talked with local businesses that are glad to be back in business.

All of the businesses are back open in Fairway Square after being closed for seven days due to the Masters Tournament. They say during that week, traffic is at a standstill...and so is their business.

Traffic moving again along Washington Road.

Crews are breaking down VIP tents and moving out.

And local businesses that have been closed for the past week are now ringing in the cash again.

Heavenly Ham owner Glenda Mulherin says that during the week of the tournament, business is slow.

"It's just a long boring day sort of standing," Mulherin says.

The same goes for the employees at Chuck Campbell's Wallpaper. For a couple of years, they stayed open during Masters Week.

Five customers came for the whole week...far from the regular 30 a day.

Employee Sheree Wylds says they have been closed for the past five years.

"All in all, it just never seemed to be worth it. And all your local people understand; they don't blame us for not wanting to get on this road," Wylds says.

But now that traffic is flowing again, so is business.

"The phones have already started ringing," Mulherin says. "People have missed us. They are wanting to place their lunch orders."

Workers say being closed during Masters Week gives them a chance to take a break and catch up on inventory.

Many business owners attribute the slow time to the fact that many corporations that come for the Masters bring in their own catering.


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