Ice cream shop owner triples sales thanks to Pokemon GO!
Owner Gary Dear, 61, used to go through 21 3-gallon tubs of ice cream every 10 days or so, and now he’s going through 28 tubs every three to four days thanks to Pokemon GO
In the last few weeks, sales have tripled at Mad Hatter’s Ice Cream in Anacortes, Washington, which happens to be right across the street from a Poke Stop. “I don’t know how I lucked out,” Dear told CNBC. “I throw my hands up in the air, and I just say, ‘The Pokemon light is shining on me!'” What a clever guy 🙂
Gary Dear’s Ice Cream Shop is one of many businesses getting a huge boom in customers from the success of Pokemon GO. As Trainer battles and Trading comes this will only improve for restaurants and business’s that have Poke Stops or Gyms as they can be a source for trainers to Trade and Train their Pokemon.
The first day “Pokemon Go” players showed up, there were only four, Dear recalled. “They were all standing in a circle, and they all had their phones in their hand.” The next day there were four to seven groups of players, and by the third day, the crowd was too big to count ” he said.
Dear talked to his customers to learn what they were doing, “I got five Poke Stops across the street from me,” he said. “I got five Poke Stops one block — down one way, and I’ve got another Poke Stop the other way, I am sitting in the middle of 11 Poke stops. ‘” “You name a town within 40 to 50 miles from me, and they are coming to go play ‘Pokemon’ across the street,” he added. ( That’s a F**K ton of Poke stops! )
And as players are searching for “Pokemon,” they sometimes stop in Mad Hatter’s Ice Cream for a treat.
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