Businesses adapt to life in construction zone
How are businesses on Yampa Street faring with the major construction project that has put fences, noisy equipment and dust in front of their storefronts?
It really depends on who you ask.
Pete Van De Carr, of Backdoor Sports, said Thursday he’s having the best summer of business ever, despite the work.
“It’s still not that big of a deal,” Van De Carr said of the impact from the project.
He praised the city for its handling of the work and said tube rentals are up slightly this year.
In addition, he said his retail business is performing better than ever.
He attributed the upticks to a healthier economy and customer service at his business.
“We’re psyched,” he said.
Others are reporting a decline in business, especially when the construction zone is right out front.
“After mud season, we went from doing 70 to 80 lunches to 10 lunches when the fences went up,” Scratch floor manager John Trolley said.
To attract more customers, Scratch initiated a “construction deduction” of 20 percent off all bills at the restaurant.
“It definitely helped getting people in here,” Trolley said.
The new Mountain Tap Brewery at Ninth and Yampa streets opened amidst all the road work.
Co-owner Wendy Tucciarone said that, while the work is having an impact, the business has not been fazed by the major project, because it just completed a major construction project of its own.
“When we hear the ‘beep-beep-beeps,’ it doesn’t faze us,” she said.
She added that, because the road is closed to traffic at night, there’s a benefit, in that the street is quieter than usual.
The construction project is entering its 10th week.
Beginning Monday, the portion of Yampa between Ninth and 10th streets will be closed to traffic, and access to the public parking lot at Ninth and Yampa will also be closed for a majority of the work week.
All businesses on the street remain open, and signage will direct pedestrians to and from the businesses.
The city should have a better gauge on the overall impact of the construction project when June sales tax revenue figures are released next month.
“When it’s all done, everyone will be happy with the results,” MainStreet Steamboat Springs Manager Lisa Popovich said.
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