SPOKANE, Wash. - The seemingly never ending headache for businesses and pedestrians on Wall Street in downtown Spokane has come to an end. Wall Street from Main to Spokane Falls Blvd. has been under construction, on and off, for nearly two years.
The finished project looks great, but one business owner suffered in the process. Now he hopes his store can recover.
"I was promised this would be done in October of 2015," Curt Kinghorn, owner of Runner's Soul, said.
Kinghorn says the quiet outside his store at 221 N. Wall is welcome change after sounds of construction creeped into Runner's Soul for nearly two years.
"It's really nice to have the fences down and get the road back open," Kinghorn said.
That construction kept customers at a distance for nearly two years.
"It was just difficult to build new clientelle because they really weren't sure where we were," Kinghorn said.
He's still worried Runner's Soul will be difficult to find. The rebuild of the corner of West Main and North Wall for Urban Outfitters bumped the building out 17 feet, right in front of Kinghorn's business. Now, it's hardly visible from Main Street.
"It makes it very difficult for us because it puts us behind a corner and out of sight," Kinghorn said.
But he has to hold out hope. Kinghorn has put his life into his store.
"You know, you put everything that you've got. You put, in my instance, 19 years into a business and all your life savings and you just hope it keeps going," Kinghorn said.
He says that overall the renovations look nice. He just hopes a lot of people come down to Wall Street to check out the changes.
A great chance to see the renovations is Friday, Oct. 21. The city is throwing a celebration for the reopening of Wall Street. Festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with food trucks and music. If you stop by, you can enter to win a shopping spree to some of the downtown retailers, including the new Urban Outfitters, which opens Thursday.
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