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A peeped-out National Harbor.
Sabri Ben-Achour
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By Sabri Ben-Achour

Amid the down economy, the National Harbor development in Maryland is welcoming business generated by a new arrival: a Peeps store, catering to fans of the sugary, marshmallow treats.

John Peterson is senior vice president of the Peterson Company, the company who built National Harbor. He says the past couple years could have been better for business.

"With this economy it's not as strong as we were expecting or hoping it to be, but on a comparative basis, we're doing better than just about any place in the country," says Peterson.

One of the reasons for the Harbor's appeal, he says, is the unique stores it's been able to attract. The Peeps store, he says, was a major get. "Without a doubt, I think they are a company who could've chosen a lot of places to go," says Peterson.

A Disney store is also coming, and business is definitely booming at the Peeps store. Phadra Milton is a manager there, and she remembers one of the store's soft openings. "We had to have police officers come and start directing people, we had so much, we had a line of people," says Milton.

The Gaylord Hotel is getting in on the action too; it's created a peep scavenger hunt for hotel guests.

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