Slow start to spring affecting local businesses

3:21 PM, Mar 31, 2013   |    comments
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MINNETONKA, Minn. - Management at Penn Cycle in Minnetonka need the spring-like temperatures to stay for a while.

"We need that consistent weather," says Allen Roath, manager at Penn Cycle and Fitness in Minnetonka. "When we have late thaws like this, at some point we hit a date and we lose that business."

Saturday's temp hit 50 degrees, a nice spring tease during an otherwise overcast and cold month of March.

For places like Penn Cycle, what happens outside affects what happens inside. Management believe a cold, wet spring could mean a 10 percent cut in business.

"At some point when the weather is bad for a period of time, people will just purchase a bike next year," says Roath. "We need a long stretch in the 50's."

The staff at Dana's Apparel in Edina agree. This spring's gloom just isn't getting customers in the mood.

"Really hard for us as a store that has so much cute spring merchandise to attract people," says Lindsay Hill, a Dana's sales associate. "But we're patient that the weather is coming!"

Dana's spring line has been out since February and while Saturday was a busy day, it's not the season they were hoping for.

"Every time we get a glimpse of some sunshine or warmth it's followed by rain and snow and more of the dreary weather," says Hill. "But we think we're an oasis from that inside here."

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