Red Oak Readies for Economic Boost from Total Solar Eclipse

Eclipse tourism projected to generate more than $1 billion for Texas’ economy

More than $1 billion is expected to be infused into the local economy of Texas in less than two weeks as over a million people visit the state to witness the total solar eclipse. The event, which will cast darkness over Red Oak for approximately 4 minutes and 13 seconds on April 8, is predicted to have a significant impact on the city’s economy.

Phillip Hughes and Michelle Bezanilla, co-owners of Gravy, are strategizing how to ensure their restaurant is ready for the influx of guests during the eclipse event. They plan to adjust their menu and bring in additional help, including high school students, to accommodate the expected overflow of customers. The economic impact of the eclipse is estimated at nearly $1.4 billion for the entire state of Texas, with more than $13 million expected in Ellis County, where Red Oak is located.

Clint Woodward, President and CEO of the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce, anticipates a significant increase in revenue for the community during the eclipse event. He emphasizes the importance of preparation, advising local businesses to ramp up staffing, increase inventory, and encourage residents to stock up on essentials ahead of time. The eclipse is expected to be a multi-day event, starting as early as Friday and continuing through the following weekend.

Woodward stresses the need for businesses to be ready for the influx of visitors and to capitalize on the event as an opportunity to attract new customers. At Gravy, the owners are focused on making

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