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Tucson businesses deal with summer foot traffic decline

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TUCSON - Along with enduring the heat, businesses are also coping with the absence of a prominent demographic – college students.

“It’s dead,” said Amna Alqaisi, owner of Sinbad’s Restaurant.

Main Gate Square, a hub of University of Arizona-fandom, is home to an array of eateries, clothing shops and bars.

Alqaisi noted she’s now reliant on locals to maintain a healthy business during the summer months.

Adjusting restaurant hours, increased advertising and offering additional discounts is Alqaisi’s response to the decline in student foot traffic.

“It’s a challenge. We’re going to manage it,” Alqaisi said.

Since 2015, Sonoran Cycles has counted on the college crowd to contribute to a bulk of company sales with August and September being two of the strongest months.

"As the new business owner here this will be my first summer to kind of anticipating what's going to happen with the slowdown,” said Chris Bruce.

The summer focus is to sell more high-end bikes to the native Tucson cycling community.

During the fall, winter and spring months, much of the repair work and bicycle sales revolves around student commuter needs.

Bruce stressed he’s not worried about sales dipping dramatically anytime soon.

"The other demographic is just local cyclists, road cyclists, commuters, mountain bikers. As biking friendly as Tucson is, people are always looking for new bikes and they break down. People are trying to get into cycling,” he said.

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