“It was because of the situation in the area,” she said.
Hilton Glendale also saw jumps in business because of the Station fire, not the Jackson event, General Manager Donald Ponniah said.
Both hotels offered discounts to evacuees.
“We want to be part of the community, and we’re giving a very low rate,” Ponniah said.
La Crescenta restaurants and stores saw sudden jumps in business when residents descending from their evacuated hillside homes flooded into Foothill Boulevard shops.
Restaurants were the first to benefit from the evacuations, managers said.
“Residents evacuated from their homes so we got real busy on Saturday night and also Sunday,” said Santiago Martinez, manager of Baja Fresh Mexican Grill on Foothill.
Sales jumped 25% from an average weekend, with hungry firefighters and residents looking for a dinner destination, he said.
At Orchard Supply Hardware, residents concerned about smoke have continued to stream into the store, asking about dust masks and furnace filters, Assistant Store Manager David Kothe said.
“In actuality, those items became pretty scarce around Saturday,” Kothe said.
The store was able to rush-deliver orders from a nearby location to keep up with the demand, he said.
Filters have remained popular as residents have increasingly stayed indoors with air conditioners running, he said.
“People are buying four, five, six at a time because we still have the smoke issue, and it’s still raining ash even though the fire’s not close to our store right now,” he said.
Hoses were also popular, but remained on shelves as the store had coincidentally replenished its stock before the fires.
When the evacuation orders were lifted and residents returned to their homes after more than four days, in some cases, there was a rush for grocery stores as households attempted to replace spoiled food and stock up on necessities, managers said.
“A lot of people came back Tuesday night, and a lot of people were coming back Wednesday morning so they were all stocking up on food,” said Renata Degidio, a manager at the Ralphs on Foothill Boulevard.
Families planning for the start of school also boosted sales at the store, she said.
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