Out-of-town holiday shoppers fill void left by ECU winter break

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As East Carolina University students leave Greenville for winter break, the holidays bring in a crowd of out-of-town shoppers who don’t always frequent the city.

“We do see an uptick in traffic from people that wouldn’t normally come in town,” said Bret Oliverio, who owns Sup Dogs.

With Christmas just around the corner, stores and shopping malls are full of customers despite students going home for break.

“The majority of our clients come from outside Pitt County,” said Walker Allen, who works at the Crate.

Greenville Mall’s general manager Nathan Kelly said he also noticed an uptick in out-of-town shoppers.

“We get people from all the outlining areas coming to shop with us,” said Kelly.

A lot of those businesses are full of people who aren’t from Greenville.

Kelvin Crudup came from Nashville, North Carolina, to shop at the Greenville Mall, and said he comes about once a week, just one of the out of town shoppers who fill the establishments when ECU students leave the city.

Class does not begin again for students until January 9.

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