Grandma’s Restaurant Company President Brian Daugherty told WDIO News he is “ecstatic” to again welcome spectators back for Grandma’s Marathon, adding, it’s a “bright spot on the horizon.” “I don’t think that the change in location for the post-marathon party is going to make a huge difference in our business. Marathon day, we get a lot of foot traffic anyways throughout all of Canal Park and Bayfront,” said Flinner. As for the change in the post-race celebration location, Daugherty said, “It’s an experiment. I don’t know how the chips are going to fall.”
“You can’t get down in this neighborhood to park, so they end up parking over by the DECC, and people are always walking across the blue foot bridge that’s by our store, so we’ll see a lot of people no matter what,” said Flinner. “We’re expecting a lot of sales race day,” she added. Flinner says they are expecting the same thing this year.
Flinner also says she isn’t worried that moving the post-race celebration from Canal Park to Bayfront Festival Park will impact business. “Having spectators back is going to be awesome for our business. We’ve always had great business on race day,” said Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Shift Lead Andrea Flinner.
Daugherty says ultimately, he wants fans to enjoy both the Canal Park and Bayfront Festival Park locations. Daugherty also told WDIO News he is going to have to get creative to keep fans in the Canal Park area, which could include things like bringing in a DJ at night.
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