Revitalization Project Harming New Albany Business

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LOUISVILLE, Q. (Wave) – The New Albany Main Street revitalization project has begun.

The project aims to make Main Street safer for pedestrians and to attract new businesses. But it continues to cause headaches for some business people who are already there.

Christian Johnson is the owner of Odd Shop on Main Street.

Johnson said she looks forward to the end of the project. Not just to see the end result, but because he said the project hurt his business.

“Now that we’re in the middle of it, we’re just trying to reevaluate and put more stuff online at a time when people can’t even go to the store,” Johnson said. “It reduces our foot traffic.”

According to Johnson, work began a few months ago when water mains and other infrastructure were replaced.

Now the work on the street continues and the shop is affected.

“I looked back and compared to other years and that was one of the worst summers for us,” Johnson said. “Or the worst summer ever. I’m just saying it was the worst summer as far as summer goes.”

This includes the summers affected by COVID.

The store opened about four years ago and has been on Main Street for almost two years.

Johnson said his business is recovering from COVID and random road closures have made it difficult for people to stop and stop at stores.

“Usually everything is off and people don’t stop when they see our sign,” Johnson said. “And then in the maze of everything trying to find a parking spot.”

Now they’re shifting their focus from the streets to the internet. They use social media to reach their customers.

“That’s what we’re now relying on during construction rather than foot traffic,” Johnson said.

Several Main Street companies, including Johnson, said they were all excited for the project to be completed. They think it will be great for the region. It’s just about being alive until then.