Road work hurting Newport News businesses

Road work hurting Newport News businesses


THINGS AREN’T EXACTLY COOKING FOR A COUPLE OF BUSINESSES IN THE MIDDLE OF A CONSTRUCTION ZONE IN NEWPORT NEWS. (TOM) 10 ON YOUR SIDE GOT AN EMAIL ABOUT VIKING BURGER – A VETERAN OWNED BUSINESS THAT IS BEING FORCED TO CUT BACK ON ITS HOURS IN ORDER TO SURVIVE. SO OUR STEPHANIE HARRIS WENT TO CHECK IT OUT AND FOUND THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY BUSINESS STRUGGLING. (STEPHANIE) THERE ARE QUITE FEW LOCALLY OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE SUFFERING AND THEY TELL ME POSSIBLY IN DANGER OF CLOSING BECAUSE OF THE ROAD WORK ON WARWICK BOULEVARD. (STEPHANIE) CONSTRUCTION BEGAN A YEAR AGO — AND THERE’S A VERY GOOD REASON FOR THE WORK — BUT ITS KILLING BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ASKED US TO PLEASE HELP. (STEPHANIE HARRIS) ( NATS BURGER SIZZLING) ITS LUNCH TIME WOULD YOU LIKE A MENU ? AT VIKING BURGER KELLY BOWEN/CUSTOMER ” ONCE YOU COME ITS LIKE YOU GOTTA COME BACK.” IF YOU CAN GET HERE. DAVID COMAN/VIKING BURGER, OWNER – UHHH, SORRY, THIS IS KILLING US” CONSTRUCTION STARTED AT WARWICK BOULEVARD AND BLAND A YEAR AGO. THIS BUSY CORRIDOR IS A PRIMARY EVACUATION ROUTE — BUT THE ROADWAY NO QUESTION THE WORK NEEDS TO BE DONE BUT …. DAVID COMAN/VIKING BURGER, OWNER “THERE’S NOTHING HAPPENING HERE RIGHT NOW — NO CONSTRUCTION.” YET THE CONES REMAIN STANDING — RIGHT IN THE WAY OF DAVID COMEN’S PROFITS. DAVID COMAN/VIKING BURGER, OWNER AND WE’RE NOT THE ONLY BUSINESS THAT’S SUFFERED THE ORIENTAL MARKET DOWN THE STREET REPORTS SALES ARE ALSO DOWN BETWEEN FOUR AND FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS A WEEK. ” YEA VERY HARD.. BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO DO.” 10 ON YOUR SIDE REACHED OUT TO THE CITY TO ASK MUST BLOCK LANES FOR THE SAFETY OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS BUT ALWAYS MAKE SURE BUSINESS ENTRANCES AREN’T BLOCKED. KIM LEE SAID, THE CLOSED LANE WILL REOPEN IN TWO WEEKS AND THE ENTIRE PROJECT WILL BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF NOVEMBER. MEANTIME THEY ARE ADJUSTING TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES TO ALLOW FOR BETTER ACCESS TO THE BUSINESS AND PUT UP A SIGN TO SHOW VIKING BURGERS IS OPEN – (NATS FRENCH FRIES) ALTHOUGH THEY DID CUT BACK ON BUSINESS HOURS – AS SOON AS THEY POSTED THAT TO SOCIAL MEDIA CUSTOMERS NAVIGATED AND WAITED IN TRAFFIC TO SUPPORT THEM. EVAN SCHEIDEGGER/CUSTOMER “IT WOULD BE A SHAME FOR A SMALL BUSIENSS TO BE SHUT DOWN BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC.” ESPECIALLY ONE THAT CUSTOMERS CRAVE. KELLY BOWEN/CUSTOMER “ANYTHING WITH THE VIKING SAUCE..” LIKE THIS JUST DELICIOUS SAUCE.” (STEPHANIE) ONE NOTE– CUSTOMERS SAY ITS EASIER TO GET INTO THE BUSINESSES THEN TO GET OUT- BECAUSE ONCOMING TRAFFIC WONT LET YOU BACK IN — SO IF YOU’RE OUT DRIVING YOU MIGHT WANT TO CONSIDER HELPING OUT THE BUSINESSES BY BEING A COURTEOUS DRIVER.

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