Red Oak Prepares for the Total Solar Eclipse: Millions Set to Visit Texas, Boosting Local Economy

Eclipse tourism projected to generate more than $1 billion for Texas’ economy

More than a million people are predicted to visit Texas in less than two weeks for the total solar eclipse. This event is expected to infuse more than $1 billion into the local economy while visitors are in the state. In Red Oak, they are preparing for anything but a normal Monday as the eclipse will cast darkness over the city for approximately 4 minutes and 13 seconds on April 8.

Clint Woodward, President and CEO of the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce, anticipates a significant increase in revenue for the community during the eclipse event. He emphasizes the importance of preparation, advising local businesses to ramp up staffing, increase inventory, and encourage residents to stock up on essentials ahead of time. The eclipse is expected to be a multi-day event, starting as early as Friday and continuing through the following weekend.

Phillip Hughes and his sister, Michelle Bezanilla, co-owners of the restaurant Gravy are strategizing how to ensure their business is ready for the influx of guests during the eclipse event. They plan to adjust their menu and bring in additional help, including high school students, to accommodate the expected overflow of customers. Woodward stresses that businesses need to be ready for the influx of visitors and capitalize on this opportunity as an introduction to potential future customers. At Gravy, they hope to make this unique event enjoyable for all guests with special offerings and festive atmosphere outside of their restaurant.

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