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A&M researchers seeing an increase in sales for Brazos Valley businesses

The increase compares to real taxable sales numbers from 2020.
Customers sit at the bar at Walk-On's in College Station.
Customers sit at the bar at Walk-On's in College Station.(KBTX)
Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 8:17 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - The Texas A&M Private Enterprise Research Center is noting an increase in real taxable sales for businesses in the Brazos Valley over the last few months.

From March 2021 up to April 2021, real taxable sales, including food and retail, have increased by 2.2%. Since February 2020, that number has increased by 4.6% in total.

Some businesses in the Brazos Valley say they are noticing this increase, a welcomed sight after a difficult year.

Cory Davis with Walk-On’s in College Station says that wait times for tables and busy nights are becoming more of a regular thing.

“Sales have definitely been up, and this is what we were hoping for, and expecting for, is where we are at now,” said Davis.

But not all business owners say they are feeling this increase. The owners at The Remnant of Nawlins say they have seen a decrease in foot traffic and sales in the last few months. Tyrik Wilder attributes this to may other businesses reopening, bringing more options for the consumer.

“That is not deterring us, we still see a steady flow during the week and a strong weekend,” said Wilder.

Recently, the New Orleans style restaurant shifted its hours because of a decrease in sales, increase in food cost, and decrease in staff.

Still, both businesses say they are optimistic about what the next few months hold in store, as more events continue to happen in the area, and Aggie football begins soon.

“We are going to make it through the Summer. and we are going to gear up for football season,” said Wilder.

“A lot of momentum, a lot of excitement heading into the Summer and then heading into the Fall where hopefully, as Ross has said, we are going to be at 100%,” said Davis.

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