CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University welcomed its largest freshman class in school history Saturday and local businesses couldn't be happier to see a boost from the extra bodies.
Moe's Southwest Grill is located in the shopping center directly across from the CCU entrance and workers there say they've already seen a boost in business this weekend. It's a clear difference from the summer months without the restaurant's most loyal customers.
"It has been actually really slow for the past few months, but we've been kind of looking forward to the students coming back because most of our business really depends on a lot of those college students," said manager Gina Calabrese.
Calabrese says the restaurant is at its busiest at lunch time during the school year.
"We do get most of the students that come between classes so you know by 11, 11 to 4 o'clock are busy, busy times," she said.
The owner of Tropical Smoothie Cafe, just a few doors down, says he's already getting a taste of what business will be like this school year.
"We started getting busier this last week. This weekend is gonna be huge, and then going forward it's just you know full speed ahead," said Randy Engels.
As move-in continues businesses nearby only see things getting better. The rest of CCU's students return Monday and Tuesday and classes start Wednesday.