Tampa Glass Shops See Little Effect From RNC and Isaac
August 29, 2012

by Casey Neeley, cneeley@glass.com

Tampa has been busy this week preparing for the Republican National Convention (RNC) with the worry of severe weather from passing Hurricane Isaac. Despite these two major events, glass shop owners in the Tampa Bay area have seen little impact on sales so far.

Patrick Condon, Ph.D., president of West Tampa Glass Co., notes that his company has not seen effect on business as a result of the RNC.

Despite a general lack of business, resulting from both a slowdown in customers as well as the commotion from the RNC, some shop owners have received special projects in preparation of the convention.

“We ended up putting up some new storefront doors,” says Shaun Podenak, owner and manager of Tampa Door & Glass. The shop was contracted to install the new doors to allow for the increase in traffic a store near the convention is expecting. “Once the convention’s over, we’ll re-install the old storefront,” continues Podenak.

With the exception of that project, Podenak also states that the RNC and weather have otherwise had little effect on business.
“I track our sales really closely with the weather; if we have a thunderstorm Monday, we might expect sales to double that Tuesday. This [storm] hasn’t really been any different than any other rainy day,” says Podenak.

Both the RNC and Isaac may have a much stronger residual impact on auto glass businesses.

Jason Slater, owner of a glass shop in Brandon, Fla., predicts that, “throughout the course of the week, once everyone is traveling, we’ll see that bump in business.”

“I think [the storm is] actually going to be a non-event; we’ll see more business after [the RNC and storm die] off, says Slater. “Nothing is any different other than very congested roads.”

The convention, which officially began Monday despite event cancellations because of weather, is being held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum through Thursday.

Isaac made landfall just south of New Orleans late Tuesday evening. Though the levees have not collapsed, they have already overtopped. Southeast Louisiana is seeing flooding in several coastal areas.

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