Family Businesses Aim to Shake SPI’S ‘Party Island’ Reputation

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The old phrase “poor planning leads to poor performance” can sum up how operating a business on South Padre Island can be.

For locals it is no surprise when businesses close their doors never to reopen.

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce President Roxanne Harris says for a business to stand the test of time, there has to be a clear plan to make money during peak seasons and save during the slow times.

This week franchise restaurant “Russo’s New York Pizzeria” opened their second location in Cameron County on South Padre Island.

Operations Manager Brian Ferguson says they have a plan and are working with the Chamber to help succeed.

“Consistency in what we offer will bring people in all year round. We’re not just here to make a buck and serve cheap frozen food we’re here to do it the right way from the ground up people will respect that and that word of mouth will hold up for a long time.” Said Ferguson.

By encouraging more family friendly business, the Chamber of Commerce hopes to shake off the “Party” Island reputation and encourage year round tourism.

“Even in slow times here on the island continue to get busier and busier … there is great opportunity here if you have a solid business plan and an understanding of how our economy ebbs and flows with the seasons, you can be a great success” said South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce President Roxanne Harris.

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