Businesses along Everhart construction project hopeful customers will remain loyal

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 20:10:51-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The City Council has awarded a contract for a multi-million dollar construction project.

The project will involve a major makeover on Everhart from SPID over to Holly Road.

And it will affect more than just commuters

This area is already known for its congestion this time of day. And soon, you may want to find an alternate route.

Business owners say they're hoping loyal customers will keep coming back despite the expected traffic nightmare.

The $14 million project will reconstruct a major portion of Everhart between SPID and Holly and improve underground utilities.

And this work could potentially be a fact of life for the next two years.

Local business owners say this area is known for its congestion, particularly during commute hours.

“There is a lot of traffic between Everhart and Staples,” said Tristen Tristan of Maggie’s Family Kitchen. “Those are like the busiest ones.”

Employees at Maggie's Family Kitchen worry the project could have a negative impact on business just before they planned to implement a new idea.
“They are also going to be putting in a lunch buffet for everybody's convenience during the lunch period, so we're hoping it won't affect it a lot, but it will,” Tristan said.

That waitress tells us the restaurant will have to rely on word-of-mouth to stay afloat for the time being.

“We're just hoping our regulars continue to come and new customers. we're gonna be open seven days a week, so construction or no construction, we'll be open,” Tristan said.

We’re told by city employees that a public meeting is planned for this project sometime next month and the construction could begin just weeks after that.

The projected completion date for the project is March of 2021.