Local vendors around the University of Dayton campus will increase the volume and variety of their regular alcohol stock on St. Patrick’s Day weekend in anticipation of high demands from student customers.
Managers of the Brown Street Sunoco, United Dairy Farmers and The Deli on Lowes Street are preparing for a higher than usual influx of UD customers, who will bring their beer and liquor purchases directly to the Ghetto.
Sunoco manager Rodney Hamm said the store expects beer sales during the holiday weekend to increase about 25 percent from a regular weekend at UD. UDF will order 60 extra packs of Solo cups and between $12,000 and $20,000 worth of extra alcohol, manager Lisa Veach said.
“The students generally buy more than one case,” Veach said. “They keep the store afloat, and they’re the prime base of my store.”
Heidelberg Distributing Company, which supplies beer wholesale to the local Shell, Sunoco, UDF and Speedway stores, confirmed that this weekend’s demand is higher than usual.
“With any holiday, we definitely see a spike in beer sales, whether it’s on St. Patrick’s Day or any other holiday,” said Heidelberg’s marketing and media manager Laura Elking.
St. Patrick’s Day veteran and UD alumnus Vince Fullenkamp said he and his former roommates at 437 Lowes St. purchased about 35 cases of Natural Light for the festivities in conjunction with their neighbors and friends next door at 459 Lowes. Fullenkamp said the group chose to purchase from Sunoco because its loading carts eased the process of moving the many heavy 30-packs into the back of a friend’s pickup truck.
Not to be outdone, former 414 Lowes St. resident and May 2012 UD graduate Brian Austria said he and his roommates purchased 45 cases of Natty Light from Sunoco the night before St. Patrick’s Day, which he said were gone by about 2 p.m.
Fullenkamp’s and Austria’s parties were just few of the many that bathed the 400 block of Lowes Street between Evanston and Lawnview in a green swarm of students. If the annual trend continues Sunday, local gas stations should have no issue selling their inventory.