Businesses cashing in on bike week in Murrells Inlet

By Mark Meredith - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Sunday marks the end of the first weekend of the Crusin' the Coast bike week and already businesses in the South strand are reporting strong turnout.

"We've been seeing a lot of bikers in today," said Yvonne Beckwith, a waitress at the Creek Ratz restaurant in Murrells Inlet.

"We were actually on a wait for the first time in a while for a Sunday" she said. The restaurant isn't the only that has seen an increase in business because of the bikers.

"You see when traffic backs up, they see us where they can come in and get a cold beer" said Robert Thompson, who works at the Seven Seas Seafood Market off Highway 17 in Murrells Inlet.

WMBF News checked with the owner of the Harley Davidson dealership in Myrtle Beach who reported an increase in business compared to the same time last year.

"So far it's been better than we anticipated, I would say we're up about double digits" said Phil Schoonover, owner of the Harley Davidson store.

The rally continues until May 16th. On Monday vendors will begin setting up shop across Horry County to capitalize on the week-long festivities.

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