5 Points Gets Boost In Business From Incoming Students

Around this time, the City of Columbia gets a lot more residents. More than 30,000 students from around the country will call the city home.

"Seems like everywhere you go there's someone wearing Gamecock colors," USC freshman Stephen Devlin said.

Devlin is a fresh face to Columbia, but with a family of Gamecocks he knew he could find a new pair of Sperry's in Five Points.

"Basically a shopping district for the area. It's got really nice stores," Devlin said.

"I have run shoe stores in other towns with colleges but I've never seen the influx of students into one area like we do in Five Points," Kelly Tabor said.

Tabor, Good For the Sole Co-Owner, was so excited to have students in town, he gave Gamecocks 15 percent off in-store.

"We do have good sales but, man, we always look forward to when the students come back in the fall. It's a big boost for our store," Tabor said.

Tabor said he noticed an increase in sales about a week ago when the upper classmen began to move in, but he said as it gets closer to the first day of classes there's a rush.

And, of course, the count down to game day brings in lots of students.

"The first ball game is always a huge rush for girls to get their outfits together and guys, too. Because the guys dress up quite a bit as well. So we carry the Sperry shoes for them and then the Jack Rogers for the girls," Tabor said.

Although an increase in sales is great for business, Tabor said the students also boost the morale in Five Points.

"One things that I do enjoy about the students is their vitality, their excitement about games, their excitement about coming back to town and exploring and going to new places," Tabor said.

Allen and Benedict add about 3,500 students to Columbia.

Monday marks the first day of classes for USC students.


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