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Sweet 16 has sweet impact in Spokane

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David's Pizza just opened their new location across from the Veteran's Memorial Arena where the Lady Zags will be facing off against Tennessee on Saturday night.  "It's going to be busy," says owner, Mark Starr.  "This is our first week open." David's Pizza just opened their new location across from the Veteran's Memorial Arena where the Lady Zags will be facing off against Tennessee on Saturday night. "It's going to be busy," says owner, Mark Starr. "This is our first week open."
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The success of both Gonzaga's men and women's basketball teams in the NCAA tournament has brought in successful business to Spokane.

"We get people coming in from out of town buying Gonzaga stuff," says Steve Warwick, owner of Sporttown. "The foot traffic this time of year has probably increased by 50% because of the tournament."

Aaron Beaver who is in town from the Seattle area for the PNQ tournament was stocking up on Zags garb. "I hate to say it but I'm more of a Gonzaga fan than a Husky fan. I can say that here," says Beaver. "Last year I picked up a t-shirt or two, this year I'm looking for a hoodie." Beaver also said he's going to try to get some Sweet 16 gear.

Despite them selling fast, Warwick says they were expecting another shipment on Friday. "There's some legs on the Sweet 16 shirts for a while. They'll continue to sell because it doesn't happen all the time."

David's Pizza just opened their new location across from the Veteran's Memorial Arena where the Lady Zags will be facing off against Tennessee on Saturday night. "It's going to be busy," says owner, Mark Starr. "This is our first week open."

Starr doesn't know how busy they can expect to be yet but is preparing for a rush. "We just figured in our brains we'd do it for maximum, but we don't know what maximum is yet because we're not even a week old."

The bottom line is whether established or new, local businesses are welcoming the influx of shoppers and diners that will boost their bottom line.

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