St. Augustine businesses see sales jump as visitors return

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Many St. Augustine businesses are seeing a spike in sales after being hit hard during the pandemic.

On Friday, downtown St. Augustine was packed with people enjoying a night out. But a year ago, the street was a lot quieter during the height of the pandemic.

Walk down the historic St. George Street and you’ll likely see people walking, shopping and eating at restaurants.

Lisa Rivera works at Ancient City Tours which like many businesses was impacted by the pandemic.

“We were shut down for about six weeks. During that six-week period, nothing. It literally was a ghost town here,” Rivera said.

She said she expected to see more customers come in when restrictions were lifted. But she didn’t imagine that business would continue to grow as it has.

“We are sold out,” Rivera said. “On average seven days a week, six tours a night.”

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