Construction has local business suffering

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SHERMAN -- A local restaurant owner says road construction is ruining his business. Eddie McEwen owns Eddie Mac's on the corner of Lamberth and Travis says he loses around $500 a day because drivers have a tough time getting in and out of his drive-thru.

He says business has dropped in half since construction began. TXDOT originally said the project would be finished in august, but the summer rains have pushed back completion to the end of November.

McEwen says, "I thought I could get to a point and break even and maybe just shut down, but I don't see that going to happen now, so I’m going to be in the hole if I do go under."

TXDOT officials say right now they are in phase one of the three-phase project.

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  • by TXtransplant Location: Sherman on Sep 10, 2007 at 05:59 PM
    You mean there's progress at this site? Coulda fooled me.......rainy weather can slow construction progress down, but it can also be used as a convenient excuse for dragging one's heels. I grew up in a construction family, and this project is moving at a pace that even a snail would call slow. Use the mayor as a handy whipping boy if you want (old tactic, BTW), but the construction company needs to feel the heat as well. Hang in there Eddie, I'm still stopping by for those killer burgers.
  • by ? Location: Sherman on Sep 7, 2007 at 12:27 PM
    Good luck to Eddie! What a shame. And thanks to KX!! for bringing this to attention. Hopefully, this will bring people out to the restaurant.
  • by Jeri Location: Denison on Sep 7, 2007 at 11:22 AM
    I'll try & get my family by there this weekend if we have to park and send a runner across.Take care sir. God bless.
  • by Terri Location: Madill on Sep 7, 2007 at 04:32 AM
    Mr McEwen, I feel for you if TXDOT is any thing like ODOT they can take as long as they need to regardless of your business situation. Granted they have to do their job but at what expense to the Business Owner. Just pray it doesnt rain anymore and they can get to phase three before it bankrupts you. We are on your side
  • by Jennifer Location: Sherman on Sep 6, 2007 at 08:10 PM
    I've often wondered how these businesses stay afloat during these construction phases. It is ashame that they take so long. I was by there today and it was not raining and there was not a single worker on site. If they would actually do some might get done and these businesses would not suffer. I'm sick of contractors using the past rain much earlier in the summer as an excuse! Get busy and get it finished!
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Sep 6, 2007 at 06:25 PM
    I wonder if our illustrious Mayor will be bragging about how this project came in "on time and under budget", when Eddie Mac's goes out of business. Eddie is a swell guy, and has helped a lot of kids with a good swift kick when they needed it, and pointed them in the right direction. It will be a shame if he loses his business after all these years. Blame the weather if you like, there has been plenty of inept construction taking place at that intersection.
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