ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Crews will soon head back out to Central as week three of construction on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project continues. And once again, shop owners are expecting business to be down.
Business owners down Central say they expect fewer customers to walk through their doors Tuesday morning. They’ve seen a decrease in foot traffic leading to a drop in sales since construction began.
Comic book store, Astro Zombies, is still firmly against ART. They’ve voiced that opinion since the very beginning, protesting the project with a giant banner hanging from the storefront.
A couple of weeks in and they say they’re already seeing the negative impact the bus system could have on Nob Hill businesses. The owner says he’s been getting calls from regulars, saying they can’t pick up their comics because they’re stuck in traffic.
Scalo Northern Italian Grill says sales have been down, but not significantly. They’re keeping a close eye on their weekend sales, and last Saturday they were down about $1,000.
Many of these small businesses are hoping to construction won’t deter loyal customers.
“We have such a faithful following. That’s what we are counting on,” said Mary Vigil, Ooh! Aah! Jewelry owner.
Vigil says she’s fortunate that her store is right next to some free parking the city is still offering. That free parking is at meters on and around Central from Broadway through Nob Hill.