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Businesses worried DNC could affect their bottom line

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) -- How will businesses inside the security perimeter fare during the Democratic National Convention? Some businesses owners will talked to are worried the massive convention could affect their bottom line.

Lori Pearson, is a co-owner of Savor, a popular restaurant on Morehead Street near Uptown Charlotte will be ground zero come next month when the DNC is in town.

"We're trying to determine do we go crazy and get really, really crazy-ready or is just gonna be hard for people to get out here," she said. 

They've decided to be ready: opening on days they are normally closed, ordering extra food and figuring out where to put it.

"We had to arrange for extra refrigeration, extra storage use," said Pearson. 

She says they also stream-lined their menu for that week so, "food can get out a lot faster so we can accommodate a large crowd than we typically do."

Down the street in the shadow of Bank of America Stadium, sits Action Graphics.

Its owner, David Perlman, told WBTV the Secret Service has visited him and even showed us where new security cameras have been installed near his business at the corner of Morehead and South Mint Streets.

Perlman said he has seen a bump in orders because of the DNC, but does have one concern.

"I don't know how I'll be able to deliver them Uptown," he said. "It seems like with all the barriers and fences it will just be difficult to make deliveries." 

One thing both businesses will face: extremely tight security.

"They said essentially this would be like the Super Bowl on steroids," he said.  

Until then, Pearson said it's a waiting game.

"It's like throwing a party and you don't know if people are going to show up," she said. "We know they're here but can they get here."

Security will be especially tight, Thursday September 6, when President Obama officially accepts the Democratic nomination at Bank of America Stadium.

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