WHAT IF YOUR BUSINESS WAS LOSING MONEY---- AND THERE
WAS NOTHING YOU COULD DO ABOUT IT?
THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING TO SOME BUSINESSES BECAUSE
OF CONSTRUCTION ON THE SOUTH HILL.
BUSINESSES ALONG MONROE AND LINCOLN STREET FROM 7TH
TO 17TH ARE SEEING FEWER CUSTOMERS.
KXLY4'S ALYSSA DONOVAN IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH HOW
IT'S IMPACTING BUSINESSES.
Nadine, this sign behind me is one of the few signs
that help direct customers to the businesses along
Lincoln and Monroe street.
But business owners say these signs are really not
I can't make a living off of what the construction
has done to us.
AS A SERVER--- AUSTIN RIMMER DEPENDS ON PEOPLE COMING
IN THE DOOR TO PAY HIS BILLS.
ON A TYPICAL FRIDAY AT PICABU BISTRO--- HE MAKES CLOSE
TO $200 IN TIPS--- BUT SINCE THE CONSTRUCTION STARTED---
I think last Friday--- and today looks like it's on
the same track--- I made $80 for the whole day.
JUST DOWN THE STREET HUCKLYBERRY'S MARKET IS TAKING
A HIT TOO.
USUALLY ABOUT A THOUSAND CUSTOMERS COME THROUGH DAILY---
BUT LATELY ITS CLOSER TO 800.
AND ALL OF THE BUSINESSES ARE TELLING A SIMILAR STORY.
MONICA HAMPTON, STORE MANAGER, HUCKLEBERRY'S
We've gotten a lot of phone calls, where are you?
how do I get there? So it's been difficult for people
to find us.
AUSTIN RIMMER, SERVER, PICABU BISTRO
The main issue is there is no indication or directions
as to how to get here detours to take to completely
bipass the street.
HUCKLEBERRY'S HAS PUT A MAP ON THEIR WEBSITE AND PICABU
BISTRO IS TAKING 30 CALLS
A DAY GIVING CUSTOMERS DIRECTIONS.
BUT EVEN SO---- THEY ARE BARELY FILLING THE TABLES.
THE OWNER SAYS SHE'S ALREADY SEEN A BIG DIFFERENCE
IN THEIR SALES----
JANE EDWARDS, OWNER, PICABU BISTRO
We're just going to have to trim back some hours.
Everybody's just going to try to take a little bit
off so that no one person has to take it all.
Starting Tuesday Im looking for a second job to try
to make up the difference.
LINCOLN AND MONROE IS EXPECTED TO BE CLOSED UNTIL
THE END OF OCTOBER.
The owner of Picabu Bistro says SHE SPOKE WITH A CITY
OFFICIAL ABOUT PUTTING IN MORE DETOUR SIGNS SO THAT
CUSTOMERS COULD FIND HER RESTAURANTS.
HE RESPONDED WITH 'IT'S ONLY GOING TO BE A FEW MONTHS.'
SO SHE AND HER HUSBAND ARE MAKING SIGNS THEMSELVES.
reporting in Spokane, I'm Alyssa Donovan.