Canyon Businesses Get Boost from Students


It's back to class for West Texas A&M students and back to business for local stores.

"About 30 percent of our traffic during the year is college students," Patrick Burns, Owner of Palace Coffee Company said. 

"I would say in the fall, it's about 35 percent higher than the rest of the year," Mardee Matlack, Owner of Re-Uze, a second hand store said. 

The number of students living on campus went up by about 400 from last fall, and according to the Canyon Economic Development Corporation, an avergae students comes to campus with $3,000 in disposable income per semester.

At Re-Uze, they're prepared for a busy week.

"Expecting steady flow," Matlack said, "Parents come with the students and it makes it exciting that parents enjoy it and the students come back throughout the semester."

As for Burns over at Palace Coffee, they're happy to have the students back in the shop.

"That's one thing we're real proud of. Providing a space that college students and just the regular community can come and get together. They bring a fun energy, you know back to our little community coffee shop," Burns said.

That energy can be felt around campus as thousands move back this week.

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