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Biathlon Boosts Business in the Area

| March 7, 2014

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As hundreds of biathletes have finished competing and they’re now starting to head OUT of the county, local businesses say their being here has made a BIG impact.

“It filled our hotel up completely for the last two weeks” said┬ámanager Gary Lausier.

84 biathletes stayed at the Budget Traveler in Presque Isle. He said they actually had to turn away some of their normal clients. Governor’s Restaurant has been catering three meals a day to hungry athletes and coaches in an apartment at the hotel.

“They eat a tremendous amount of food and they never gain any weight,” said

Local grocery stores have seen a spike in sales — Graves Shop N Save Assistant Customer Service Manager Trevor Graves says they’ve been selling a ton of yogurt, granola, and red bull.

“They usually come in about the same time every day – late afternoon, between 3 and 5 and they come in by teams,” he said.

And the electronics department at Wal-Mart has been slammed — assistant manager Jim Bubar says between iPads and iPad minis, they’ve probably sold around 50.

“They look at that iPad case – and WOW here it is,” he said.

Bubar guesses they’re buying these HERE because they’re less expensive. While all these places are excited about the business boost – they say the best part has been getting to know people from a different part of the world.

“We had a great time with these teams and I’m glad they came,” said Lausier.

“Every night we’re seeing somebody with their jackets on from Italy, from Russia, from France, from wherever and to hear them speak in their language its just wonderful,” said Bubar.

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