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Salisbury University Move-in Day Boosts Local Businesses

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SALISBURY, Md. - Students at Salisbury University began classes Monday morning, and this is good news for local businesses who rely on this population's economic activity. There are more than 9,000 students moving in to the area, and local businesses have been missing them this summer.

On Sunday morning, "Breakfast Bum" was packed with students eating meals such as their signature Waffle Sandwich. The diner formed this summer, and owner Patti Tauber said that it was relatively quiet, as they waited for the students to return.

"We're very excited to be here with the college kids," she said. "We truly are. It's going to be inspirational for us as well for the college kids."

But more important than the inspiration, will be the profits expected by the store. Tauber said that the return of thousands of students will have definite impact on their sales. Down the road, Michael Bizard owns Cheers, a popular liquor store amongst SU students.

"We've been here since 1980 and we've watched the university grow as the population has grown," he said. "And it's a blessing for us. Truly a blessing."

Cheers is the closest place to buy alcohol to the campus, and Bizard said he has embraced the community. On the walls of the liquor store, are banners for SU sports teams.

"The kids are probably a good 20-25 percent boost in volume," he said. "As I said you put that many college kids or anybody on a city block and it's going to help your business."

"Pemberton Too," another store selling a variety of goods has taken it a step further. They sell SU attire, Greek wear, and all the back-to-school materials such as college planners and backpacks. Carley Dobson said the connection is unavoidable due to their location.

"We are right on campus," she said. "So this location is mostly for them. So it's definitely a lot faster now that the students are moving back."

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