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Eagles impact local economy

In case you haven't heard, the Eagles are one win away from the Super Bowl.

Obviously, when the team goes on a playoff run like this, there's a spike in sales for things like jerseys and other apparel.

But there are a lot of other businesses that also do abnormally well.

"Been a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan," Joe Tocci told WFMZ with a smile. "Been a big Eagles fan lately."

Tocci owns Tailgater's Pub and Grill in Bethlehem.

"Every Sunday we get a big crowd of Eagles fans that come in," said Tocci. "We did almost triple in sales on Saturday with the Eagles and the other playoff game than we did on Sunday with the playoff games."

The football has a spillover effect.

"They'll come an hour before the game, sometimes hang out about an hour after the game. Especially since they're winning," said Tocci. 

Mark Tanczos is the President of Tanczos Beverage, and has locations in Bethlehem and Northampton.

He's running Eagles specials.

Usually, things die down after the holidays.

"But what we've seen is when the Eagles are in the playoffs, and hopefully the Super Bowl, it's a huge jump for business," he told WFMZ. 

They're a beer distributor, but the Eagles spike sales in snacks, ice and everything else.

It's not just football that has this effect. 

"I was looking at a Monday one day, and was wondering why we were down so much compared to the previous year's Monday sale," he said. "What so happened was that Monday was a Phillies playoff game."

It's a similar situation at Wegmans.

"If the Eagles are playing well, Sundays are always really good at Wegmans," according to Allentown Wegmans Store Manager Joe Solenske.

Eagles games pump certain sales.

"Our sub shop, our catering department, pizza, the wing bar," he said. 

Like everyone else, he's hoping for the biggest Sunday prize of all.

"That Super Bowl Sunday with the Eagles in it will be tremendously busy. It'll be our best Super Bowl day ever," he said hopefully. 

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