ECU Students Bring Business To Downtown Greenville

This weekend many ECU students are heading back to campus and many business owners and employees in downtown Greenville say they are excited for the business that is going to bring.

Vidal Thorpe who owns “Fitness by Vidal” says his business usually picks up around 40 percent when the students get back into to town.

Owners of bars and restaurants in the area say they too will do much better business once the students are in town.

Some businesses said they already picked up this weekend, and expect to be crowded next week as students continue to come in.

ECU classes start back on Tuesday.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2010 at 04:51 PM
    think what you want. most students turn 21 in their junior year
  • by to anonymous 1:46 on Aug 22, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    I went to college at 18. I was 19 in my sophomore year, 20 in my junior year, and 21 my senior year. So I guess you mean the students who party and don't do their work are 21 in their junior year. And to Bars are great high school kids hang there too. And the bars don't care how old you are they only care about money hun. Just like you do if you own a bar. I care about money, but I would not serve alcohol to a baby face person unless I see id and know they are of age. And guess what I don't think a 21 year old is any mature than a 18 year old.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 22, 2010 at 02:36 PM
    Alright! The news has been kinda slow over the past couple of months. Here come the crimes!
  • by Bars are Great on Aug 22, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Majority of their profit? That statistic is unsubstantiated. There are around 12 clubs downtown with an average capacity of 350. So simple math gives us a maximum of 4200 patrons drinking at one given time. We'll just go ahead and say 6200 to account for those waiting in line. That gives us about 22% of ECU's 28000 students. If you don't believe that 22% of students are 21 then you need to reconsider your deduction methods. Not to say that underage drinking doesn't happen, but the blind assumption that 18-20 year olds are filling the bars is foolish. The clubs would rather not have them, as the younger kids live on mostly fixed incomes from their parents or financial aid checks, they spend less, don't tip, start fights due to immaturity, and bring with them the threat of fines and liability. Underage drinking isn't the problem people make it out to be, they should take the drinking age back to 18. I believe most of us, our parents, and grandparents all had a drink pre-18.
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Aug 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    These clubs have been making the majority of their profit off under-aged students for 2 and a half decades. And many of the attorneys, politicians, and other officials in town are in on this silently. How about either lowering the drinking age back to age 18, or raising the admission age to these clubs to age 21? You know, a little consistency for a change.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Aug 22, 2010 at 05:23 AM
    Aren't there restaurants, ice cream, coffee shops, and boutiques there too? Not all the businesses are bars.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 21, 2010 at 10:46 PM
    the ones old enough to drink are about to finish school? most college students turn 21 halfway through junior year.
  • by Me Location: Greenville on Aug 21, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    Yeah I guess the downtown area is the most important area in Greenville...at least thats where all the tax dollar go to to keep more officers down there meanwhile you almost getting getting killed anywhere else in Greenville.
  • by Good Point Shelby on Aug 21, 2010 at 06:09 PM
    How does that work? ... It must be all the parents in town....yeah, that's it!
  • by Shelby on Aug 21, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    So the bar's business picks up when the kids come back? Huh, wonder how that works.
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