Businesses ready for busy Masters Week

By: Cleo Greene Email
By: Cleo Greene Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Sunday, April 3, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga.-- We are just a day away from the Masters tournament and people from all over the world are making their way into Augusta. While some locals are on their way out of town, many people are prepping.

People on the popular Washington road are dealing with a little bit of change this Masters season. Casey Baker is going on his sixth year selling and buying masters tickets. He said this year Augusta National has buckled down on ticket patrons, enforcing stricter polices. For one, he had to take the name "Masters" off of all his signage.

"Change is change, I guess. Augusta National also buys the property we stand on so it pushes us back about 2500 feet. We have to follow the rules, so it's okay," said Baker.

Casey Baker and his buddies have made the slight changes to the their ticket business. Also on Washington road, renovations have gone unnoticed at the Masters Inn motel. Owner Nick Vashi has been in the hotel business for over 15 years. As the new owner, he has invested more than $100,000 in renovations.

"We spent the money because we need better business all around. We have a lot of people coming in for the Masters and hopefully they will come back because they enjoyed their stay," said Vashi.

Vashi not only remodeled rooms, but he lowered rates.

"I was searching for places all day and came here because it was really nice and cheap," said Arnold Albano.

Arnold Albano arrived from Boston for the Masters. He feels right at home in Augusta and especially at the motel of his choice.

"I've been coming for the Masters for years and the last thing I want to spend a lot of money on is a room," said Albano.

You would think with all the out-of-towners flying in and driving in for the Masters your local car wash would see an increase in sales. That is not true, according to Top Notch car wash employee Rebecca Simanksi.

"During the Masters a lot of locals are on their spring break so they get out town and we loose a lot of our regular people and our sales drop," she said.

The car wash is now running a buy-one-get-one car wash promotion for the week of the Masters, as a way to make up for lost sales.

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