Wrapping up the summer, Jersey shore businesses see fewer customers

OCEAN CITY, NJ (WPVI) — Summer might be drawing to a close, but there’s no shortage of visitors on the promenade.

“I love it,” said Donna Torres from Mantua. “It’s so beautiful out here.”

At Ocean City Coffee Company, Director of Operations Karla Maccarella said they are noticing fewer customers this year compared to last year.

“It was very consistent, I would say,” said Maccarella. “I think the economy has influenced us to a certain extent. I don’t think as many people get in their cars and go on a day trip like they used to.”

Diane Wieland, director of Cape May County Tourism, reports that local businesses have mostly recovered from the COVID-19 closures, with a record-breaking 2021 visitor year.

However, economic factors are taking their toll.

“This year we may have inflation, fuel costs and other increased expenses that affect your discretionary income,” Wieland said.

And companies are still struggling with staff shortages.

“It’s a little bit difficult with everything that’s going on in the world with the war and COVID, but we’re getting by with what we have,” said Martin Garvalov, manager of the Original Fudge Kitchen.

But further north in Atlantic City, data shows casino revenues are having their best summer in years, even compared to pre-pandemic levels.

“Meetings and conventions are ongoing, with some restrictions on large-scale indoor meetings last summer – but these will all be lifted this summer,” said Jane Bokunecwiz, Faculty Director, Lloyd D. Levenson Institution of Gaming, Hospitality and Tourism at Stockton University.

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