CONCORD, N.C. -- Last June, workers at The Parkway House Restaurant were smiling when they heard about the Democratic National Convention bringing part of the event experience to Concord at the Charlotte Motor Speedway just up the block. But on Tuesday that story is different.
On Monday, the host committee announced plans to move the Labor Day festivities from the speedway to uptown Charlotte. The host committee said a change of venue would be better logistically for the convention delegates and national media.
While the Concord area will still see some economic impact from the week of events held a few miles away in Charlotte, it will not equate to the huge windfall from the Labor Day event would have meant.
"We were surprised to hear that," said The Parkway customer Kim Tucker as she ate breakfast with a friend Tuesday morning. "It’s really going to affect the economy. That was going to mean a lot of money for the city of Concord."
Becka Lebarron has worked at the Parkway House Restaurant for four years and she said they would probably have to make some changes to their plans.
"We had more people scheduled to come in to work and now we don’t have to do that,” Lebarron said. “We may still get some (business) but just not as much," she said.