Tampa Auto Glass Shops Hope to See Bigger Business Following Republican National Convention and Hurricane Isaac
August 29, 2012

by Casey Neeley, cneeley@glass.com

Tampa has had two big-name guests this week: the Republican National Convention (RNC) and Hurricane Isaac. Despite these two major events, auto glass shop owners in the Tampa Bay area have seen little impact on sales so far.

"Isaac did not affect us much at all here in the Sarasota area," says Renan DeBarros, co-owner of Renew Auto Glass. "We only had 35-40 mile per hour wind gusts the night before Isaac. Most of it didn't hit us, so we weren't affected very much in the Sarasota-Bradenton area."

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

Jason Slater, owner of Specialized Auto Glass 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 hasn't affected anything," says Kevin Chalmers, co-owner of Red, White & Blue Auto Glass in Brandon. "I believe it will pick up after the convention; a lot of people are out of the area. I honestly thought we'd see a lot of rioters, but everything has been quiet."

"We're seeing a lot of people who are out of town who will return; we may get a slew of business after the convention is over," says DeBarros.

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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