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Desert 100 influences Odessa economy

Many local businesses see customer surge

ODESSA - The Annual Stumpjumpers Desert 100 race held about seven miles west of town in Irby brings a surge of visitors to the area, and this year was no different. Many local businesses and organizations noticed a surge of customers and business during Desert 100 weekend April 3-7.

The Cenex gas station, operated by Grange Supply Company Odessa, sold three times as much gas as a standard weekend.

That's according to Grange Supply general manager Greg Luiten, who said this year's cold, windy and rainy conditions also ballooned the sale of propane.

"We sold about 10 times as much propane as usu...


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