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Local businesses not thrilled with first-weekend ACL sales

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The first weekend of the ACL Music Festival is wrapping up.
Usually by this time local business owners near Zilker Park are feeling like they've had a pretty successful weekend...but this year, it's a little different.

It's the first time in history ACL is 2 weekends instead of one.

So for local businesses, does that mean twice the profits?  Or not quite?

Ben Cary with Uncle Billy's says its the latter.

"It has been a little bit slower than we expected.  I think that the separation between the two weeks kind of hurt our business a little bit," Cary said.

He's hoping that next weekend and this weekend combined will end up being better than ever though.

Nick Bollinger is a pedi-cab driver.  He says this year the competition is a little stiff among pedi-cab drivers.

"It also brings a lot of extra pedi-cabbers from out of town.  So where there are a lot of people, there's a lot of extra competition so....I won't say it gets cutthroat but the competition makes it interesting to find rides," Bollinger said.

Mark Mitchell with Barton Springs Bike Rental is doing just fine.  His shop rents and sells bikes and ACL is a big part of his yearly income.

He says they sold out this weekend and they're nearly there for next weekend.

"I do great cause the people that are renting them this weekend aren't gonna be here next weekend so it's a whole other group that's renting them.  So we're supplying both weekends equally.  It's just worked out real good for us," Mitchell said.

Jamie Laratta with Short Bus Subs says their food truck started at ACL back in 2009.

"It's a lot slower than what it was in 2009.  There was never any food trucks down here like before you went in during 2009," she said.

So will next weekend be better?

"I don't know.  We'll see how it pans out because next weekend's not even sold out.  So yeah. we were pretty busy last night so hopefully we'll be busy again tonight," Laratta said.

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