Businesses see drop in sales with ongoing construction project

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Construction is underway on East Main Street as part of downtown Ardmore gets a makeover with the Streetscape project and businesses want you to know they're still open.

The Steetscape project started earlier this year but recently the construction moved above ground.

The construction closed down part of A street and East Main Street and sidewalks in front of businesses like The Stag.

The shop says they've seen a nearly 30% drop in sales compared to this time last year.

"We were a little bit concerned about losing customers and sales but we are really excited about the transformation of Depot District," Sales Associate Hayden Hunt said.

The roughly 4 million dollar project is being paid for with budgeted funds.

It includes widening the sidewalks for outside dining and merchants, changing East Main from a one to a two-way-street East of Washington and adding more parking.

"We knew that it would effect our customers, traffic, and our sales but it's going to be great whenever it's done so we are hoping that it brings a whole lot of new people to the Depot District," Raigan Miller said.

The shop says they've started encouraging customers to use the back entrance to enter the store, park in the lot off Mill Street or shop their online store to avoid the construction.

They're even using their back porch to host a sidewalk sale this Saturday to keep customers shopping local - a reason why people like Stacy Jacobi say the construction won't turn them away.

"Anytime you have construction there's a beginning, middle and end and there will be an end to this construction," Jacobi said. "It will be beautiful and if we continue to support the local business we'll have the funds to continue to grow Ardmore and make it look amazing and I think it will be great."

The city says they expect the project to be done by Spring time.

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