Businesses look to The Loop for passing customers - Tucson News Now

Businesses look to The Loop for passing customers

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Some small business owners set up shop along The Loop for the first time this weekend in Tucson.

A pilot program has vendors renting space at certain points along the path, but backed away from The Loop itself.

"We feel like we're pioneers, kind of, on this trial program," said Joe Hite of Hot Pops Kettle Corn.

Hite and his wife, Judy, said the program is a perfect way to keep in business during the hot summer season when people are usually staying cool indoors.

Out for a bike ride on a sunny Sunday morning, Taylor Schlicht said she and her father were just talking about the benefits of having some vendors near the loop to sell light snacks and refreshments when its break time.

"It would be so nice if they could start setting up a place with like bananas, fruit, granola bars, muffins," she said. "Something like pizza does not sound good when it's this hot."

Some passing cyclists on The Loop said they don't mind the vendors as long as they're not in the way and not distracting from the scenery.

Pointing to the boundaries for her business, Judy Hite saidPima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation have the layout under control so that vendors are open for business but not in anyone's way.

The Hite's picked an area near Brandi Felton Memorial Park,but other locations included in the program are Flowing Wells Park, Children'sMemorial Park and trail heads at Paseo del Rio and Riverhaven.

Anyone interested in learning more about the program can find information here.

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