Is the Pokémon Go craze helping or hurting businesses?

- “They're all over the place. I might be old and they're the new generation, but it could be annoying sometimes,” said Maria Saludo.

She is a Zumba instructor and said Pokémon Go players have been getting in the way of her Zumba class. This is the second summer Saludo and Leni Araneta have hosted the weekly Zumba workout at Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, but this year is different.

“This year, they just started doing this Pokémon and they're everywhere here and it's annoying,” said Leni Araneta.

Distracting, disturbing and annoying are how some Zumba instructors are describing the Pokémon Go players at Rio. But Pokémon players say otherwise.

“A lot of the stores are actually encouraging people that play to come here because they want our business and stuff because whenever you've been walking around for a while, you get thirsty, you get hungry,” said Brian Garner.

He said deep discounts are up for grabs for him and other Pokémon Go players at Rio.

“If anything, I think it's bringing more business to the area,” said Greg Dawson.

“A lot of people are doing the same thing as us so it's just a nice comradery around here for it,” said Megan Kiebler.

FOX 5 wanted to know why so many Pokémon players are seemingly walking aimlessly at Rio.

“A lot of the businesses have Pokémon stops there,” said Rebecca Deluzio.

Stops are real places players go to get Poké Balls and other treats for their virtual empire.

Plus, players consider the shopping plaza a nest – that means it is filled with highly sought after characters for the taking, which is attracting scores of Pokémon enthusiasts who have no plans to leave.

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