Business Owners say Construction Project is Hurting Sales

By: Lori Mitchell
By: Lori Mitchell

Some businesses on Old Louisville Road in Bowling Green say business is bad these days, and a construction project is to blame.

David Cox, owner of Red's Coach and Table Restaurant says sales have been down by $300 a day since State Street bridge shut down last Monday.

"It's really going to be damaging to us. You take $200 or $300 dollars a day, six days a week and we're losing thousands a month."

Cox says one problem is people don't realize Red's and other businesses nearby businesses are still open. He says people just see the closed bridge and think the entire road is closed.
But for those who do realize there's another route to Red's, Cox says the extra time it takes to get there doesn't always fit into their schedules.

"At lunch, a lot of our customers work at the hospital or clinic and don't have time to wait in traffic. They can't get here to eat in only an hour."

Servers, who rely mostly on tips, are also being hit hard.
"We make $2.25 an hour plus tips, and with no customers, we're not making any money."

Construction on State Street bridge is expected to take about a month.
Cox says the best his business can hope for right now is no delays on the project.


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