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Local businesses hope to salvage Preds' season


For many Nashville businesses, it has been a slow fall and winter without the Predators' hockey season.

With Sunday's announcement of a tentative deal to end the 113-day lockout, businesses are eager to welcome hockey back.

"The Predators are a big part of our economy, big part of the local business scene down here," Bailey's Pub & Grille manager Brian Pedrick told Nashville's News 2.

Bailey's Pub & Grille on Broadway has felt the cancellation of several Nashville Predators home games.

Pedrick continued, "We've gotten used to a lot of season ticket holders and a lot of people that come in here and order something to eat or whatnot before they go over to the arena."

Now, Pedrick said he's optimistic they will be able to salvage what's left of the season.

"We're kind of waiting for the ink to dry, but we're very hopeful. It will definitely help business downtown here," he said.

Business at the Sport Seasons store in Cool Springs has also been hurt by the lockout.

Predators gear was 40% off during a "Lockout Sale" which promptly ended with Sunday's announcement.

"Everything, all Preds' stuff, hats, knits, shirts were on sale because people weren't buying it," Nick Quinn, an employee at Sport Seasons, told Nashville's News 2.

On Sunday, Quinn's sales finally started picking back up.

He said, "People would come in looking for Preds stuff because they know that there's going to be a season, there's going to be hope."

Quinn said the store is already looking to restock its Preds' gear.

"We will have a lot more, just plain t-shirts, dress shirts, probably [hooded sweatshirts], jackets and player apparel," he said.

The NHL hasn't yet announced how many games each team will play or exactly when the season will start.

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