Archive for Thursday, April 19, 2007

Merchants discuss Main St.’s effects on business

April 19, 2007

The past few months, orange cones have dotted Main Street and entrances to businesses.

Merchants were surveyed to share how the construction has affected their business.

Here's what they have to say:

Dairy Queen Brazier, 402 N. Main St.

Diana Hamilton, manager, said, her biggest concern was colder weather inhibiting ice cream cone sales, not the orange street cones.

The hardest part is when people try to turn against traffic leaving the restaurant, she said.

Lansing Pharmacy, 617 N. Main St.

Erika Arwine, pharmacist in charge, said the pharmacy would be relocating because the construction will take up too much of its parking.

Lansing Pharmacy will be moving behind Popeye's in the Carriage Hills strip mall.

La Mesa, 710 N. Main St.

Alejandro Garcia, server, said the cones and construction have affected business slightly. He said customer complain it's hard to get in and out.

"I'm ready for it to be done," he said.

Lansing Lumber, 211 N. Main St.

Pete Peterson said his walk-in traffic may have slowed, but it hasn't hurt his delivery service, which is the majority of his business.

There is a back access entrance, Peterson said, and people have been using it as a turn around to avoid making a left turn onto Ida Street.

"I think it will change when it comes to our side of the street," Peterson said. "So it will be interesting to see what happens when they do that."

Snip N Clip, 846 N. Main St.

"It's slowed us down quite a bit, because (customers) don't want to get out of the traffic and get back in it," Kim Rose said. When Rose was interviewed by phone at 4 p.m. Thursday, she said they had only seen seven customers when the salon would have seen at least 15 or 20 in that time.

"They've blocked our entrance several times. We've heard they are going to block it again. There's another entrance at the other end, but people may think it's closed. They go on to the next place instead of having to turn around and be in the mess."


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