Grand Forks Business' Sales Reach All-Time HighSummer sales for Grand Forks businesses have hit an all time high. For the second time this year the city has racked up more than $2 million in sales tax and it doesn't seem to be stopping there.
Summer sales for Grand Forks businesses have hit an all time high. For the second time this year the city has racked up more than $2 million in sales tax and it doesn't seem to be stopping there.
Almost every business I talked with say summer sales have never been better. Managers are in awe from the Canadian traffic in town and customers are fighting for items on the shelf.
Target Manager: "Summer business has been awesome."
And that's not just on the south end of town where most Canadians spend their cash.
Downtown Grand Forks has been hit hard too in a good way.
Nicole Johnson, Kittson & 3rd owner: "The sales so far this year for us has been really great, we've been pleasantly surprised with everything especially being a brand new business."
Bonzers owner John Bonzer is keeping his fingers crossed this last week of summer customers keeps up for a new record.
Bonzer: "If the rest of the week pans out the way I'm hoping it does then we would've surpassed last summer and we will have had our best summer."
Nicole Johnson, co-owner of Kittson and 3rd says she and her business partner owe most of their store's success to this summer's events.
Nicole: "Huge events such as art and wine walk and farmers market really help local businesses to draw a bigger crowd."
But over on the other side of town it's been the Canadians who've really made summer numbers soar, especially with the country's strong dollar.
Megan Johanneson Target store Team Leader: "It has been huge, the amount of support, whether it's been from Manitoba or Saskatchewan, we see a ton of traffic coming in."
So much that target managers say they see an upwards of between six and twelve percent week after week and it's not slowing down.
Johanneson: "We anticipate a really strong fourth quarter so it's an exciting time for us."
It's not slowing down for anyone for that matter.
Johnson: "Going back to school and then in a couple months it'll be already the holiday season which is amazing that it's here already."
Many stores like Target say they've had so much success they've had to hire more employees and they still have open positions.