City of Socorro New Mexico benefits from UTEP training camp
SOCORRO, N.M. — It's an annual trip to Socorro for the UTEP Miner football team as they prepare for the upcoming season but while they are training, area businesses are reaping the benefits.
One business in particular is a locally owned water and ice store serving the Miners for years.
"We've been servicing them since 1998, and they require a lot of ice so it takes quite a while to get stocked up," said Kathy Richardson, owner of The Water and Ice Store.
During their time in camp, the Miners use more than 25,000 pounds of ice. So much ice, Richardson has staff working around the clock.
"One of our guys comes here at night and he's here every night," Richardson said. He has been basically since July and bags at night to keep us up with the demand."
The increase in business has helped Richardson expand her store. When she first started 16 years ago, they had one ice machine and now they're up to five.
"Usually after we receive their check we are able to buy a piece of equipment or upgrade the store," Richardson said.
With the team returning to Socorro year after year, they've developed a relationship with the community that's well appreciated.
City Clerk Pat Salome is hoping to work with UTEP officials in establishing a city sponsored banquet for fans and former alumni.
He said he hopes to have that in place by next camp.