Gettysburg business owners after big tourist bucks

Written by Craig Layne and Marie Cusick | Jul 5, 2013 4:00 AM

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Grannies II

(Gettysburg) -- Gettysburg business owners are hoping to get their piece of an estimated $100 million in economic impact related to the 150th commemoration of the Civil War battle in and around the borough.

The Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau based that figure on previous sales, and many business owners are reporting an uptick in their traffic over the past few days.

Angie Altman owns Grannies II, a gift and souvenir shop on Steinwehr Avenue -- a big shopping area for tourists.

She says she was actually expecting to see more shoppers.

"This last weekend, definitely, I thought I'd get a lot more traffic, and I was concerned that I'd need to double-up and triple-up on my staff," Altman explains. "But it was just like a normal summer weekend, and I don't know what happened."

Altman says she's expecting business to pick up this weekend, as large re-enactment is slated to be held on a farm outside the borough.

A number of Gettysburg businesses say their sales are in line with what they expected for the week of the battle's commemoration.

Some express concern high prices for hotels, gas and food will keep tourists from spending money on extras, like souvenirs.

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