Holiday brings big profits to I-95 businesses

Florence County, SC - By Alisha Laventure - bio | email

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Traffic on Interstate 95 in Florence is a lot heavier for the Fourth of July weekend, which means more customers for local businesses.

The price of gas was close to $4 in Florence this time last year.  Now that is down to around $2.50, gas station owner Beverly Jackson is making more of a profit.

"Last year it was expensive, we didn't get many travelers," Jackson said. "Now that the price has come down, we're getting a lot more. People can afford to travel."

Jackson says most of her customers are people traveling along the east coast. She says Florence is a good place for a gas station because it is halfway between New York and Florida.

Customers, however, say they stop because gas costs less around Florence.

"The gas prices are great at this station," David Plews from Fernandina Beach, FL said. "They're a lot cheaper than we've seen coming up I-95, so we made a lucky stop here."

The Florence Chamber of Commerce says hotels and restaurants along I-95 have visitors from across the United States bringing in business.

With the extra influx of visitors, restaurants in the area have stocked up stores are running promotions for locals and visitors alike.

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