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Cherry Grove businesses say sales were up thanks to Bikefest

Lots of Bikefest bikers were camping out in Cherry Grove this Memorial Day Weekend. Lots of Bikefest bikers were camping out in Cherry Grove this Memorial Day Weekend.
Thayla Benfield, owner of Berry Seafood in Cherry Grove, said her business depends on Bikefest weekend. Thayla Benfield, owner of Berry Seafood in Cherry Grove, said her business depends on Bikefest weekend.
She said she prides herself on providing them with the best experience because they are spending their money with her. She said she prides herself on providing them with the best experience because they are spending their money with her.

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Lots of Bikefest bikers were camping out in Cherry Grove this Memorial Day Weekend.

Residents and even the businesses in the area say bikers are more than welcome to come back after they experienced a weekend of good sales and no problems.

Thayla Benfield, owner of Berry Seafood in Cherry Grove, said her business depends on Bikefest weekend. “This weekend was very good. I had very good business, very good sales, I was a little bit up from last year; things ran smoothly,” explained Benfield.

Benfield has been in business since 2003, said she has now developed a relationship with many of the bikers that come to town each year.

She said she prides herself on providing them with the best experience because they are spending their money with her.

“When the bikers start to come into town, some of them will even text me and tell me what they are looking for so I pretty much know a head of time what they want,” said Benfield.

Benfield said biker business was so good this year, her parking lot was overflowing with bikes, leaving cars to park on the side of the building, and she had no problems.

“Nice, Nice, nice, everybody was so nice. This year everybody was nice all the customers young and old,” said Benfield with a smile on her face.

Rental property companies in Cherry Grove said business was good for them Memorial Day Weekend, as bikers rented homes for the week.

Private rental property owners told WMBF News their experience was pleasant.

Thomas Hucks was checking on property in the area; he said he found no damaged property and everything was in order.

“I observed the bikers riding up and down Ocean Boulevard, I was driving they were driving the speed limit, courteous, I didn't see anything that was out of order,” said Hucks.

Residents in the area said the bikers were quiet, saying if it wasn't Memorial Day, weekend they would not have known bikers were there, commending the bikers for being courteous and respectful.

Hucks added, “Well comparing to last year, I observed that the folks here this year were more orderly than had been in the past.”

Benfield said they are welcomed back next year, and she looks forward to seeing them and their business, adding, “My goal is to make them happy, they save their money all year long to come here and I think that's my job to make them happy.”

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