Businesses: Construction delay cutting sales in half

Customers have to walk around this fence to get to the businesses' front doors, but Sakura Japanese Restaurant and Evergreen Dry Cleaning are open during construction.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the past three weeks, a construction project has blocked off the front entrance for a couple businesses at Time Corners in southwest Fort Wayne. A holdup in that project has the tenants extra frustrated, as they say they’re losing about half of their sales.

Once complete, the construction project should improve the entrances to Sakura Japanese Restaurant and Evergreen Dry Cleaning. However in the meantime, the businesses say losing sales with the construction equipment blocking their storefronts. The most frustrating part, according to the businesses, is that no construction crews have been seen on the site in days.

“If we put an advertisement out right now and someone comes in, they may not even know that we’re open to come in and use that,” said Christine Daniel, who works as the front desk clerk at Evergreen Dry Cleaner. “I just feel like all the way around it’s been very frustrating and confusing as to what the holdup or delay is.”

In order to get to the front doors of the dry cleaner and restaurant, customers have to walk around a fence and past more construction. The businesses have put up signs on the fence in an effort to let customers know they are in fact open.

Leaders with the construction company didn’t have a comment but did refer NewsChannel 15 to the property manager – BC Wood Properties. A representative with the Kentucky-based property management company wouldn’t say much about the apparent holdup in construction, saying crews had run into unforeseen engineering problems. No estimate was given on when the entrances were expected to be back open.

In the meantime, tenants want work to either continue or the for the construction site to be removed during this delay.

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