ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Just a day after Black Friday, shoppers hit the stores for Small Business Saturday and many of those businesses are in Nob Hill. With the ART construction going on in front of their shops, business owners heard concerns from some of their customers.
Elysia Pope says even though Small Business Saturday is aimed at holiday shoppers, it’s a great opportunity for her to shop for herself as well. She added that even with the ART construction, it did make it tricky for her to get to Nob Hill, but it wasn’t enough to keep her from the sales.
“It didn’t change the fact that we were going to support Small Business Saturday, but it did alter our route up here.”
While some Nob Hill business owners have voiced their concerns about the negative effects ART may have on their businesses, even going so far as to file lawsuits against the city, Izzy Martin owner, Rufus Cohen, says it hasn’t been so bad–especially today.
“We actually haven’t seen any big drop off from that so far this year.”
Just across the street at The Yarn Store, owner Tere McDowell shares a similar experience.
“It has not affected, none of the construction has affected or impacted my store,” she said.
Celeste Nossiter is a frequent Yarn Store shopper and says even though she’s not a fan of ART, she wouldn’t let that stop her from supporting local small businesses.
“It has not affected me because I come to my regular shops because I want to anyway. I wish ART weren’t happening, but it is so I’ll have to get used to it.”
While both business owners say some of their customers have told them they will avoid the area while construction is going on, they understand and hope it doesn’t keep them away for long.
“Come down, find a parking place, and be on foot and come and explore and discover some new things in the neighborhood. There’s lots to discover,” said Cohen.
Many of the shoppers KRQE News 13 spoke with today say they were initially concerned about parking around Nob Hill, but once they got there, they were pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t so bad.