Most college students have at least another week to enjoy their winter break. But for businesses that rely on those kids as their customers, the return of classes can't come soon enough. Our Iris St. Meran tells us what the impact has been on the SU Hill and how owners are able to make up for the loss.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- When street parking is wide open on the Syracuse University Hill, it can only mean one thing: Winter Break.
The Copy Centers General Manager Chris Keevil said, "We have 20,000 approximately students enrolled at SU and when you give them a month off, everything slows down dramatically."
Some places don't even open during break. Each year, The Copy Centers make about 45 million copies for the University and surrounding businesses. On a normal day, Keevil says his staff has about 150 transactions. However, during breaks they may get 10 to 12, so staffing and hours are adjusted to make up for it. Keevil says they've also made some additions to get more customers coming in.
"When Follett's Orange Bookstore closed, we bought some of their fixtures,” Keevil added, “You wouldn't think of a copy center selling candy, soda, red bull, that type of thing. But, we added that to our business to generate more traffic."
Some businesses say they don't see much of a difference. The staff at Manny's say, 'yes there are less students walking around,’ but they get a lot of foot traffic because of events at the Dome.
"This year's a little unique because of Boeheim's 900th win and the fact that we won the Pinstripe Bowl. It's huge for us, especially in January, when things might be a little bit slower," said Manny’s Manager Bill Nester.
Nester says it also helps that Manny's has been around since 1949, so many people are familiar with it.
Keevil says the quiet time allows work to get done they wouldn't have time to do otherwise.
With a few days left until the new semester, they're getting everything ready to welcome students back on campus
And those businesses on the SU hill only have one more week to endure. Classes resume January 14th.