Businesses Affected By Absence of College Students During Winter Break


One thing you won’t see around Fayetteville during the holidays is a large crowd of college students. 

With a major group of Fayetteville’s residents gone, a lot of revenue goes with it.

Without the mass of students to fill Dickson Street and other popular Fayetteville hang outs a lot of clientele for local businesses is gone.

We spoke with President and CEO of the Fayetteville Chamber Of Commerce Steve Clark who said while it does see a dip in the economy Christmas festivities like Lights Of The Ozarks and shows at the Walton Arts Center bring in visitors from all around the region and allow businesses to be introduced to a different crowd.

“In some ways that’s a positive because it’s less a student age customer and more someone who is more into their careers a little bit 4,5,6 years and maybe has a family and begins to see parts of Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas they haven’t seen,” said President and CEO of Fayetteville Chamber Of Commerce, Steve Clark 

Clark said while the city’s economy doesn’t see the same high amount of revenue during the holiday break, it does get very close and the city is excited to show off all Fayetteville has to offer to those new visitors.

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