Monday, May 28, 2012

Senior PGA crowd doesn't boost St. Joseph business

St. Joseph, Mich.

May 26, 2012

The Senior PGA may have business booming in Benton Harbor [not according to business owners], but some St. Joseph shop owners say they're disappointed in the lack of traffic in their downtown.

Businesses expected thousands of visitors, but say the entire week of the tournament has been slow.

"We heard something like 10,000 people a week in town," said David Miller with White Pine Winery. "So we were thinking, 'Wow we're going to be slammed.' And it really didn't turn out like that."

Miller said he'd scheduled extra staff to prepare for the tourists, which didn't end up being necessary...

...Saturday was the busiest day of the week for St. Joseph shops, but owners say the crowd was typical for Memorial Day weekend. Full article:

One of 31 similar comments following article:

Sorry to say this, but Benton Harbor isn't seeing much business either. The burger joint in one of the articles is seeing a increase because it's smack dab in the middle of the golf course. People need to know that Harbor Shores catered out their food/everything! No golfing fans are coming into town, maybe a few here and there. The Senior PGA as almost run small family folk out of town. Jean Klock park is closed to the public, and Silver beach..well lets say the twin cities have become what Whirlpool envisioned. A PLAY TOWN for THEIR PEOPLE! Once again been fed with pie in the sky hopes and dreams. When is tee time? lol