Texas Tech move-in weekend signals boost for small businesses

Texas Tech move-in weekend signals boost for small businesses

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Thousands of incoming Texas Tech students are moving in this weekend, and while it may be a hectic week for parents and university staff, Lubbock businesses are happy to see a new wave of customers. 

Haily Wells,  the communications director for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, said move-in weekend will mark the starting point of a large boost for the Lubbock economy.

"This is really big, not only for the local community, but also for the business community. You're going to have more people shopping at the local stores, which will also help the surrounding communities, especially those farmers because they're going to be the ones who are bringing in the produce, so it's really going to affect everything as a whole," Wells said.

She added while Texas Tech will have the biggest impact, other colleges and universities in the Lubbock area will also make a key difference.

"You have students moving in this weekend and they're going to be moving into Texas Tech University, the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, students coming back to Lubbock Christian University, Wayland Baptist, and also South Plains College. Yes, that is Levelland, but there is also a local campus here for South Plains College as well. That's going to bring in around 50,000-plus students to our communities," Wells said.

Classes begin at Texas Tech on August 25. 

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