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Stimulus payments stimulate local economy

TV5 visited a pair of stores in Bangor Friday where it would appear those checks are being put to use
Local economy reaping benefits.
Local economy reaping benefits.(WABI)
Published: Mar. 19, 2021 at 5:59 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Stimulus payments are making their way into the accounts of people across the nation.

TV5 visited a pair of stores in Bangor Friday where it would appear those checks are being put to use.

“People are ready,” said Rebecca’s owner Rick Vigue. “It’s getting to be warmer weather earlier this year. I think people are ready to go out and start spending some money. We’ve been hibernated way too long.”

As of this week, more than 90-million Americans had received their stimulus payments. Very good news for the local economy.

“Crazy.”

Devon Cyr is a salesperson at Dunnett Mattress and Appliance.

“I wish there was three more of me,” he said. “I’d have a couple more trucks on the road, and we could get stuff out faster. We are booking out a little over a week but selling just as much. So as we sell more, we book out more. It’s crazy. A lot of people are picking up stuff right off the floor. It’s my last piece, and I have no problem selling it if it’s what people want.”

Corinth residents Gary Blackwell and his mom, Beverly, were there Friday looking to make some upgrades.

“Buying everything for a new kitchen,” said Beverly.

“She’s looking for all four major appliances,” added Gary. “A refrigerator, stove, microwave, and a dishwasher. She’s taking her stimulus and then some.”

Appliances are a major purchase. Places like Rebecca’s in Bangor sell smaller items and rely heavily on the tourism dollar. Owner Rick Vigue hopes recent spending trends are a sign of things to come.

“We’re looking forward to it,” added Vigue. “We are ordering things like crazy, so hopefully, we are correct in our assumptions. Hopefully everyone gets out and spends some of that stimulus money which is what it is for. Get the economy going again which is what we’ve all been waiting for.”

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