South Loop Construction Not Affecting Businesses - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/25/03

South Loop Construction Not Affecting Businesses

Most businesses say before the construction started, they were concerned how it would affect their business. You'll notice that a lot of the businesses along the three mile stretch of road of West Loop 289, have their entrances torn up from the construction.

Road construction for the Marsha Sharp Freeway has cut off many of the entrances to these businesses on the access road. But surprisingly, it's been business as usual for a majority of them. "We really haven't seen much of an impact on the businesses," said Homewood Marketing Director, Anthony Garcia. Garcia says the construction has been a little inconvenient. "People from smaller towns, it's certainly difficult to give them directions," he said.

It's the same thing for Paul Johnson with Good Times Powersports, which is located just less than a mile from all the major construction. Since the construction start, Johnson says he's given his customer a reason to come find his business. He's been offering construction sales on all of his product since the mess began. "We've had good business since the construction. It hasn't affected my business as much as I thought it would," he said.

The Texas Department of Transportation says expect the mess to continue for two more years, which is when the project is expected to be completed.

Now remember, if you need to get to any of the businesses like Chuck E. Cheese's, Cavender's, or Lowe's, take the Spur exit and turn right on Frankford. And if you're trying to get to Good Times Powersports, exit 34th, go west on 34th, and take a left on Milwaukee and take another left on 43rd.

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