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Published May 10, 2014, 09:28 PM

Businesses downtown Fargo stay busy during marathon weekend

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When you cram thousands of spectators and racers downtown, especially on just a few blocks for hours, they're bound to have some down time and get hungry. And that's good news for local businesses.

By: Steve Manney, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When you cram thousands of spectators and racers downtown, especially on just a few blocks for hours, they're bound to have some down time and get hungry.

And that's good news for local businesses.

In past three days, over 23,000 people ran in the Fargo marathon events, and they brought friends.

Lines out the door for coffee and breakfast in the morning, and new local businesses like Blackbird Woodfire, milked it.

Normally a lunch and dinner pizza shop, the owner Casey Absey decided to change it up for the morning crowd.

Casey Absey/Owner- Blackwood Woodfire: “We opened up about 8-o-clock; we've got baguettes, biscuits and an egg bake.”

Some business owners thought it might be so chaotic here that it'd actually hurt business. As far as I can tell, that's not the case.

Jessica Nichols/GM- Erbert & Gerbert’s: Broadway: “We've done probably about an extra thousand to 15-hundred dollars each day.”

While everyone loves a block party, Jessica Nichols says Erbert Gerbert's had to make some adjustments.

Trapped by road closures, they needed some extra help to keep all of their customers happy.

Nichols: "We're relying on our other 3 stores to do most of our delivery range today because we're kinda blocked in here downtown and we can't get anywhere for delivery."

It's been hard to drive, and hard to park, and although it's been a fun and widely profitable time, most are looking forward to Sunday.

Nichols: “It amps up our business, especially on a weekend, but we're definitely ready for it to be done.”

Outside of the food industry, many retail owners we spoke with were worried the marathon would actually hurt business.

But good news, it seems like the final numbers at most of those stores were unaffected.

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