Local businesses prepare for surge in student population


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Local businesses are preparing for the flood of students returning to Purdue.

Many places, especially in Chauncey Village, are looking to hire new employees. This includes spots like Vienna Espresso Bar in Chauncey.

The coffee house and bakery had one person working at a time over the summer. During the school year, they hope to bring in new employees to help out.

“A lot of businesses are looking for new hires after a lot of people have graduated last semester or in the summer,” said Barista Jess Flora. “We’re definitely looking for people.”

Many other businesses are looking to get brand recognition from the 6,000 new residents who are now calling West Lafayette home.

Standing on the side of State Street Sunday afternoon, HungryBoiler employees waved their sign and handed out promotional items.

Founder and owner Nick Moore says his company doesn’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

“We know it’s best to make a good impression right when people get in town, so that they know who to turn to when they’re hungry — whether that’s early in the morning or late at night,” said Moore.

Many other companies are offering significant discounts on their services and products to new students.

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