Slow Start for Spring Businesses
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CREATED Apr. 28, 2013
The warm weather brought out people from all over to enjoy the sunshine and that seems to be good for business. However, golf courses and campgrounds are playing catch up this weekend because of the cold spring and slow start. Could this mean disaster for their budgets as we head into summer?
Business owners say suprisingly they are not worried about their budgets. In fact they're always dependent on the weather and as along as things don't go back to being cold they say the books should be just fine.
Kathy Thorpe is one of the owners of the Duck Creek Golf Center in Green Bay and she could hardly keep up with the waves of people coming through her door.
"People are just rushing to get out here and enjoying the weather and getting ready for golf leagues," said Thorpe.
The driving range was filled with people practicing their golf game and enjoying the weather.
"On a typical year we open around March 20th, this year it was April 4th, so it was a late start," said Thorpe.
The late start is not just effecting the fairway though, it impacts places like Apple Creek Campgrounds too.
"Last year we were open in mid March actually because the weather was so great and by this time we were a lot busier," said Pam Packee, the manager of Apple Creek Campgrounds.
Packee says the campground hits peak season around July and just this weekend alone she is seeing an increase.
"Last weekend I think we might have had like two campers in here and this weekend I want to say that we probably had a couple dozen campers in here," said Packee.
Most campers were ready to beat cabin fever, like Ross Grode. "It's nice to be back out in nature and back out camping again," said Grode.
Duck Creek Golf Center is staying positive too.
"Everybody's in the same predicament and you just go with it," said Thorpe.
Most businesses say they don't rely a whole lot on spring revenue because the weather is so unpredictable, but they do bank on the summer months to pull them through.