Posted: Jul 29, 2013 1:15 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Jul 29, 2013 1:49 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- After more than a year of traffic tieups and headaches along Staples Street, construction is wrapping up. It can't come soon enough for drivers.
But local businesses along Staples are really glad to see it gone. They say open roads are bringing business back.
Andy Purvis says this 16 month long mess on Staples St. just about cut business at Beamers in half. Purvis says henot only lost business, but employees who he couldn't justify having around for full-time work.
"Where we got hurt really badly initially was at lunch time because people didn't feel like they had time to eat, get back to work within 30-45 minutes," explained Purvis.
Today, with construction just days away from completion, and plenty of clear street to drive on, Purvis says his business is slowly coming back and he's celebrating with a special promotion.
"We're going to start a new promotion on Thursday, buy any one of our combos and get a second one for half price," Purvis said.
Another sign that business is bouncing back at Beamers is right the 'now hiring' sign out front. They're looking to fill at least 4 positions.
"Now we're in the process of ramping up, get back up the staff to hopefully take care of the folks who come back to see us and give us another try," Purvis said.
There is some congestion still along Staples towards Saratoga, that that should clear up with in the next week as crews wrap up.
Purvis says he and his neighboring businesses did not lose business overnight and they won't get it back that quckly either, but he's already seeing improvement.
"We've been kind of blessed because we've been able to make it through the construction and come out on the other side," Purvis said.
For a complete look at construction plans completed and planned along Staples, click here.
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