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Washington Road Work Changes Business
Allen Nagel is the owner of the smoke n' head located in the construction zone on Washington Street North.
He says that the shop didn't see too big of an impact in the beginning of construction, but as road work progressed, business began to slide considerably.
He says "They said they'd be out here for 9 weeks and that was 12 weeks ago. And now it's really starting to take its toll. They took our business access."
Nagel says that ever since their business access was pulled, the shop is seeing about 30 percent of the business they did at this time last year.
Plus, he also owns purple dragon auto sales which he moved to a new location down the road.
He says auto sales were already suffering, but he wanted to move the shop out of there before construction switched to the east side.
Nagel says "When you go from 40 cars a month down to oh, say 10 cars a month and they haven't got to your side yet, you know you're in for a really slow time."
Zulu Bagels and Java Jungle located between Filer and Falls Avenue on Washington Street North has seen a shift in business since construction began.
Sarah Bates, with Zulu Bagels says "We definitely have more deliveries going out and we probably have more people going to our other store located across the street from Smith's on Addison. But people need their bagels and they still need their coffee, so it's not been too bad."