Smokies gift shop hurts during shutdown

Sales are down at Smoky Mountain Gift Shops during shutdown. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Thousands of dollars have been lost during the government shutdown at visitors centers in the Smokies.

The visitors center in Sevierville held a "We're Open" party Thursday morning. They want to remind locals and visitors that there are still 3 visitors centers open during the park shutdown.

Since the shutdown, the Great Smoky Mountains Association has lost thousands of dollars in retail sales. Typically they would sell $35-40,000 per day during the October period, right now they're down to just a few thousand dollars a day.

"So that means we've missed between 350 and 400 thousand dollars of revenue that we very much depend on," said Terry Maddox, with the Great Smoky Mountains Association.

All of the profits from the retail sales goes to support the park. Giftshops still open include ones in Sevierville, Townsend and Gatlinburg.

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