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Thousands of families will be heading to South Bend over the weekend as new students move onto campus at Notre Dame. It's a busy weekend for students, but businesses say they are gearing up for the busyness too.

At CJ's Pub, Bartender Jay Campbell says he's ready for the Irish to be back in town. "It's way more fun. I mean who wants to sit in an empty bar all night?"

He says the last few months have been a little slow. "Summertime, it's hit or miss. Fall, spring, you always know you're going to have people in every night."

And they are always anxious to have students filling the place again. "If you look around here the way it is now, a lot of times this can be a slow summer night, but usually when the kids come back and especially when football starts, we get good business."

He says the student's help the whole South Bend area. "It's mainly just a great influx of business throughout the whole city. Everyone's happy. Hotels fill up, restaurants get busy, especially when the football games start. It's just a better time of year I think for most local business."

And at the Chicory Cafe, co-owner Jeff Morauski agrees. "There's definitely an increase of people through the doors."

And it's not just the students. "With students come parents and activities and all that just draws more and more stuff into downtown South Bend which is great for all of us."

He says they look forward to the crowds. "We got the college atmosphere, laid back atmosphere, the free WiFi, they can come down here and study."

More crowds equal more money. Which these guys say everyone can get excited about.

"It's a definite increase in revenue for everybody," says Morauski.

"The income's nice, that's the best I can say. It helps the wallet out," says Campbell.

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