Posted: Feb 15, 2011 5:23 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Feb 16, 2011 1:23 PM
"I know the outcome will be good, but since the road closure it has hurt us quite a bit,"said Tony Naysur.
Naysur says his convenience store on Eraste Landry and Bertrand used to have three to four hundred customers a day.Construction has cut that number in half.
"I cannot keep going like this draining my savings, I'm going to have nothing left,"said Naysur.
He's now finding ways to increase sales. He's expanding his Greek and Lebanese menu, adding cajun favorites like baked chicken and seafood and even some original creations.
"Cajun Gyro, you'll only get it here. It's pizza bread, sausage, mayo, tomatoes, and cajun peppers. It's very delicious,"said Naysur.
Construction will continue for five months, but Naysur says if business continues to decrease he can't imagine what will happen to his store.
What he thinks is happening at the intersection is instead of drivers turning toward construction to get to his parking lot-- they avoid it altogether.
"With the bad economy, harsh weather, and now road closures, I don't know how much we can endure,"said Naysur.
Pat Logan of Public Works says there is always an inconvenience when there's construction.
"Once people get used to the change of traffic patterns they'll continue to do what they normally do,"he said.