Businesses along Washington Road bracing for busy week

By: Patrick Price Email
By: Patrick Price Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Saturday, April 6, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- They say you should try everything at least once.

"Whenever they told me I was going to the Masters, I was like, OK is the Hooters on the golf course, is it right next to it?" said Briana Law, a Hooters girl in Augusta.

She's one of 80 Hooters girls who were chosen to work the prestigious week in Augsta.

She came all the way from Myrtle Beach, and she's heard about how busy it really can get.

"I've had a chance to talk to a couple of tables, and they told me that it's going to be packed, that we'll be open to 2 a.m. sometimes, and there just so many people that are going to be in and out of here," Laws said.

The chain restaurant has a lot to live up to, though.

"It's a feather in our hat to have the busiest week, completely in the whole world for the Hooters company," said Matt, a manager at Hooters.

His restaurant sits not even 2 miles from the green, but they're in just the right spot to make good money.

"We have all the hotels on the left, we're in the middle, and the golf course is on the right, so we're always busy, we constantly have people walking by buying drinks," he said.

And their setup is massive.

Another full bar, close to 300 more seats, all to accommodate the Masters crowd. They've always been a hotspot.

"The tent will start to fill up for the first part of the tournament, we will have a lot of people that will come in from all walks of life," he said.

But other businesses, like Kroger, are feeling the heat, too.

"People who are coming in for the Masters, they hire companies to come in and do their grocery shopping for them, so that's prep ahead of time that we actually do, we pull the orders," said Shea Anderson, a supervisor at Kroger.

She knows how to handle the crowd, like most of the other seasoned businesses along Washington Road.

And with all of the out-of-towners "driving" down this busy road, and Matt and Anderson know they'll get the business they need.

"We're definitely ready for this year, we're looking to be up in sales again, we're looking to increase all sales," he said.


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