SALISBURY, Md. - Around 9,000 Salisbury University students moved in on Thursday.
With the return of Salisbury Students, comes increased sales for local businesses.
Salisbury Mayor Jake Day said, “I mean this is 9,000 young people who are part of our economy, an integral part of our economy, and when they return to our community, we’re always delighted.”
Students said they are already scoping out local restaurants to try.
Incoming freshman Sarah Miller and Anna Brennan said, “I’m aware of the local food chains around and stuff like that. There’s a Five Guys right across the street, a Cookout right across the street, there’s a Starbucks that’s on campus, and a Chick-Fil-A on campus.”
For Bagel Bakery Café and many others, the University plays a critical role in the survival of their business.
Ravi Arya, a worker at Bagel Bakery Café, said, “In the summer we’re almost dead it seems, but in winter, we’re one of the busiest places out here.”
The owner of the bakery, Dilip Jeswani, said they receive around 750 orders for bagels Monday through Friday from Salisbury University, and students frequently visit the café to study with friends.
Jeswani said, “They are coming here, they are sitting here, they are chatting here, we have wifi, they are bringing their laptops, they are doing their own work here, they are very good peers.”
Some locals are worried about the traffic congestion the return of Salisbury University students might bring, but Mayor Jake Day said it won’t be an issue. “We have close to 150,000 to 175,000 people at the low and high end in the city at any given time during the day. So 5,000 additional cars is pretty insignificant when it comes to the grand scheme of things.”
The University is taking steps to ensure a healthy relationship between students and locals. On Wednesday, the University held a door-knocking campaign around Salisbury neighborhoods.
The campaign aimed to help increase students’ awareness of their responsibilities to act as good citizens and address neighbors’ concerns about student behavior by allowing them to chat face-to-face.
Convocation will take place Friday and classes are set to begin Monday.
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