A 61-year-old guy named Gary Dear opened a shop called Mad Hatter’s Ice Cream about five years ago . . . it’s in Washington, about 80 miles north of Seattle. And he’s always struggled to stay open.
Then in June, he announced he was shutting down for GOOD, because of an illness. Apparently it had to do with a neurological disorder he developed years ago when he was in the Navy. But it was mostly because he didn’t have enough customers.
So it looked like that was it. But then less than two weeks later, business suddenly started BOOMING . . . because of “Pokemon Go”.
It turned out a PokeStop had popped up across the street. And all the people who were flocking there were also walking over to get ice cream.
And he didn’t see a small bump in sales. He says sales have doubled and even TRIPLED on certain days. So for the last month he’s been staying open later, and even had to hire a few more employees.
He told the local news that he never expected anything like this to happen. But he should keep raking in money, at least as long as the Pokemon craze keeps going.
One woman explained that if you take your kids to a PokeStop across from an ice cream stand, it’s impossible to not get ice cream. (KSDK)