Local businesses are gearing up for the back to school rush.
The first lunch of the first day of school has new students swarming the sidewalks of North Ave. on Wednesday.
Taylor Pridy and Daniele Miranda follow the crowds out in search of food, "First day of high school we are freshman," says Miranda. "Buck a Scoop, I have no clue what it is but everyone is going there,” says Pridy. Which means local businesses should start to see an increase in customers. "When you have a car you go to Sonic and stuff but otherwise it’s like Taco Bell or anything close by," the two girls say.
But high school students aren't the only ones taking to the streets. Kevin Lane with Little Caesar's Pizza cuts the dough for the day in hopes of bringing in more dough in the afternoon. Lane says, "Its picking up more in the evenings like on Friday and Saturday nights." Lane says when students finally settle into their routines they should see even more business. "That's our focus is the college students," says Lane.
While pizza has yet to take off, pita's have already wrapped up many students taste buds.
"Yesterday we had a 97 percent increase," says Pita Pit manager Brian Elliott about the increase in business over an average day from last week. Elliott says since the start of the Mesa State school year on Monday they've had to hustle to keep up. "I'm actually going to have to hire more help which is good, I like having that problem."
The pit has even extended their hours till midnight and has started taking Maverick Money as payment, keeping their pit crew working hard.
Another crew staying busy with the start of the school year is the Grand Junction Police Parking Enforcement. "Yesterday I wrote 46," says, Officer Shirley Nilsen. Nilsen patrols the area around the college and writes friendly $10 to $15 reminders (tickets) to keep driveways open and corners clear. "Look up, look for signs when you're along the streets and that will help you out and also look for the markings on the ground," says Nilsen.
From pizza, to pitas, to parking tickets, students are back and business is booming.