People across the ArkLaTex are spending big bucks on St. Patrick's Day, and local businesses are benefiting in a major way.
According to the National Retail Association, consumers are expected to spend $4.7 Billion this St. Patrick's Day.
"It was probably twice as big as a normal Sunday," says Robert Baukam, owner of Marilynn's Place in Shreveport.
Baukam says at the halfway point in the day the restaurant already saw twice as many customers as normal, and by the end of the day it could be three times as many patrons.
Downtown bars are also expected to see a huge economic impact.
The Sand Bar in Downtown Shreveport extended its hours. The bar opened at noon, and does not plan to close until 6 a.m.
Sand Bar owner Tim Huck says the bar is expected to see between an 80%-100% increase in business.
The National Retail Association says, the average person will spend an estimated $35 on this St. Patrick's Day.
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