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Business Down For Some Downtown Austin Stores Due To Fan Fest

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:06 PM CDT

Some businesses in Downtown Austin are reaping the rewards of Austin Fan Fest during this F1 week.  But it depends on just where the business is. 

On one side of Congress Avenue, people are swarm and stores are busy. But on the other side, all you see are tents lining the streets.  For the most part they are blocking the restaurants and stores behind there.

Visibility for these businesses is low and because of it sales are taking a dip. Many of them tell us the sidewalk has been empty for most part of the day.

Patagonia is hidden by the Circuit of the Americas tent.  But only some 15 feet away, store employees say their selling out of merchandise.

The general manager of Patagonia says unfortunately his store drew the short end of the straw and this is not a typically day for them in November.

"Business has been slow for us. Obviously a lot of people on the street but the side walk has been blocked a little bit by all the tents in front of us I think our visibility has been dropped quite a bit," Adam Metzger, Patagonia general manager, said.

Some of the workers in Patagonia were making light of the situation saying, "we know we don't smell bad."

Workers at a restaurant on the other side of the street say they've had hour and a half waits and sales are doubled.
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