Businesses hurt by construction

Published 2:42 am Thursday, May 26, 2005

By By ERIN VER BERKMOES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - Just three weeks into the construction project on North Fifth Street in Niles the businesses between Pucker and Main streets are already feeling the effects of one of the lanes being closed and a detour being put in place.
This store specializes in high performance car stereos and has 30,000 square feet of biker accessories.
Wheetly has been at his current location for the past four years and business has progressively gotten better over time, but now he says only time will tell what ultimately happens to his business.
Phil Hurlbutt of the Flower Cart says his business has dropped nearly 30 percent since the construction began on North Fifth Street.
Hurlbutt said he knew the project was starting and a slow down in business would be expected, but he has been forced to cut the stores hours as well as employees hours.
A positive that is coming out of this project for the store is the corner in which they are situated will be straightened out somewhat, which will hopefully alleviate the store being run into by vehicles. This has happened to the store four times in the past, causing them to be closed while the repairs are made.
Rohlfs added that they may end up having to cut back on employees hours as well as the stores hours, and that they are basically just playing the waiting game to see what the final outcome will be.
One business along Fifth Street which still seems to be doing alright despite the project starting is Pete's Patio.
This construction project started on May 2 and is scheduled to finish on Oct. 28.