Posted: Mar 5, 2013 1:49 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Mar 5, 2013 6:57 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- If your daily commute takes you down South Staples street, you are probably tired of the traffic troubles caused by construction. It started last April, and is scheduled to wrap up in the fall.
One local business on that street says not only are they tired of it, it is hurting their bottom line.
"The construction, I feel like, is kind of problem because I try to avoid Staples," said driver Kyla Johns as she stopped in for lunch at Beamers.
It's the mess and construction along Staples street that keeps potential customers like Johns out of businesses along Staples street these days. She ventured out today to meet her daugher and grandkids for lunch - otherwise, she says she would not be here.
In fact, Beamers owner Andy Purvis says its cut his business by 40%. "When it got to June and they started working directly in front of us and they shut down our entrances, it really hurt us badly and we really haven't recovered from that yet," he told us.
The business that's been going strong for ten years was even rated best of the best the last two years, has gone from 25 employees down to 17 and is tightening their belt in other areas, like advertising.
Instead they, reach out on Facebook, host special events, and offer specials. For now, management says they're just doing what they can to keep customers coming in, for example today is chicken fried steak day, just $4.99. "Nothing says Texas like chicken fried steak," Purvis said.
Purvis says he's seen other shops around him close up and he's determined to keep his business going strong, but the wait is agonizing. "It just needs to go faster and not only for me, for everybody in town," Purvis said.
His customers agree. "Yes, its been way too long, I think," said Johns.
Traffic engineering says the construction project is actually on an accelerated schedule and that contractors are working on several phases at once in order to shorten the entire duration of the project.
They say because the roadway is made of concrete and not asphalt, it will take longer.
The project is only delayed by 4 days so far and is scheduled to be complete in October 2013.
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