Fayettevillage Voice offers that Dickson St. restaurants show increases with paid parking | CFClipped Fresh — By Christopher Spencer on November 7, 2010 at 6:24 pm
Lessie at The Fayetteville Village Voice offers that while Jose’s revenue may be down as a result of paid parking on Dickson, it may have less to do with that factor and more to do with other businesses eating their share of sales.
Lessie uses reported Hotel-Motel-Restaurant tax receipts in August in order to arrive at the conclusion. Paid parking in the Dickson Street Entertainment District began about two weeks into August.
Qdoba’s reported an increase during the same time period and El Sancho – a new businesses entirely – reported paying about half the tax of Jose’s.
Lessie goes on to list six other Dickson Street businesses who receipts were higher in August 2010 than a year earlier with free parking.
Bottom line, according to The Fayettevillage Voice:
Here’s the bottom line on the impact of paid parking on Dickson Street restaurants: the HMR sales taxes collected on them all in August 2010 with two weeks of paid parking were higher than August 2009 with free parking. Any claim that paid parking has helped business is actually stronger than those who whine about lower sales as a result, but I won’t go there just yet.
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- On-street paid parking starts today on Dickson | Community Announcements at 1:00 am on August 18, 2010
- Can Pay By Phone save paid parking (perceptions) on Dickson Street? | Opinion at 2:47 pm on April 1, 2011
- No free lunch on Dickson, but parking will be after Oct. 1 | Opinion at 11:59 pm on September 21, 2010
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