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Area Businesses Hope Fireworks Sales Go Boom

by on July 01, 2012 8:00 AM

With three days to go before the Fourth of July, local businesses are looking forward to a boost in fireworks sales.

Since Susan Rose, owner of Rose’s Surplus in Pleasant Gap, began selling fireworks eight years ago, she has noticed an increase in sales in the days leading up to the patriotic holiday.

“The season hasn’t really started yet. It’s usually slow until the weekend before the holiday,” Rose said.

From Memorial Day to the week before the Fourth, people trickle into Rose’s Surplus looking for fireworks.

According to Rose, these are repeat customers who aren’t looking to compare prices to those at firework tents that popped up in parking lots near the end of June.

“They are coming to buy. They aren’t coming to price,” she said.

But for Diane Devaney, a first-year independent contractor for TNT Fireworks, much of her current business includes those looking to price fireworks.

“People have been looking and coming to say, `Payday is this day,’ she said.

Though it’s early, Devaney, of Bellefonte, said she is pleased with sales. She attributes steady business to her tent’s location in the parking lot of the North Atherton Wal-Mart.

“We have an advantage that we have the Megabus coming in and out of here a lot, so we’re getting some pull from that,” she said.

As the week goes on, both Devaney and Rose believe their sales will continue to pick up as it gets closer to the Fourth.

Devaney said she assumes weekdays will be a little slower due to the fact that potential customers will be working, but she expects sales to increase in the evenings and during the weekend.

“People wait until the last minute, especially if they have kids,” Rose said. “If you love fireworks and you have them you are going to put them off, whether it is the holiday or not, so people want to wait to purchase. People are waiting for that last paycheck.”

Sam is a correspondent for the Gazette.
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