Carolina Beach businesses ready for boardwalk summer attraction


CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Ferris wheels, candy apples and fun are in the air on Pleasure Island. The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park is almost open and ready to go. The businesses on the boardwalk said this event really helps them out during the summer with sales and especially on Memorial Day Weekend.

“We’re hoping to see big crowds, people to come down and be a part of the Carolina Beach activities,” carnival worker William Ryan said.

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The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park is a staple along the shore on Pleasure Island both for tourists and businesses.

“It’s crazy around here. So many people come in and bombard the store at one time. Everyone’s buying t-shirts, souvenirs, you name it,” store manager at King’s Beachwear Neal Royal said.

Royal is a no newcomer to working Memorial Day weekend. He said it can get pretty hectic, but in a good way.

“It goes from our average sales on the weekend to like double sometimes triple, you know, so very minimum 50 percent more,” Royal said.

Even though the holiday rakes in a lot of customers, so do the attractions from the carnival rides and fun.

“It’s a big push for us. It’s a big push. The carnies are my favorites here, because they direct all the business to my store when people want something, looking for things that direct the business right here,” Royal said.

One new boardwalk business hopes to that same level of success this summer.

“We just hope to serve a ton of people. We’re ready. It’s been kind of cold winter and kind of slow and opening up in the winter time was rough, but I think that’s helped us get the staff ready,” Carolina Smokehouse owner Tammy Williams said.

The business owners said they are ready to take on all the craziness and crowds this weekend will bring. The amusement park will be open all summer long until Labor Day.