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Bike week business stalled by Ana kicks back into gear

. - MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Bars that cater to bikers for the Spring Bike Rally were thrilled to see sunny skies Monday after a weekend of wind and rain from Subtropical storm Ana.

Revving engines, the sound of bikes zooming past are sounds we're all used to when the spring bike rally comes to town. But a lot of people said those sounds were noticeably absent over the weekend, as bikers stayed in hotels or just stayed at home.


"10 o'clock to 4 o'clock we lost a lot, a lot of bikers," P.K. Dewan, a parking lot attendant in Murrells Inlet said. "They couldn't come in, you know. Cars drove in. We parked cars here and after 11:30 we parked them for free just to get them in here. But it was so bad most of them stayed at the motel."


More people did go out later in the day, so business picked up a little bit.  

The Spring Bike Rally is the biggest money-maker of the year for many biker bars in the area, so the storm hit at the worst time possible.

Luckily, the bike rally runs until May 17, so there's almost a full week left.

Businesses said they're not let down about the storm and its timing because the revenue will be made up by the end of the rally.


Bill Barber, the owner of SBB in Murrells Inlet explained he fully expects a serious surge in people this weekend because of the storm.


"I've talked to some of the hotels around here, and they said they had about 20 percent cancelations because of the storm, but that they all rescheduled for next, this next weekend," according to Barber. "So, we're probably going to all be slammed now that the weather has turned out to be so beautiful."

Businesses said the second weekend always has the strongest numbers and they make the most money so there's still plenty of
time to make up for a loss.

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