Sherman Ave. construction stifles Coeur d'Alene business

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by COLE HEATH & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 5, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 5 at 6:41 PM

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho -- Road construction in downtown Coeur d'Alene has hurt some businesses in the area.

Sherman Avenue in downtown Coeur d'Alene closed from Second Street to Fourth Street for the McEuen Park Renovation. Crews are installing traffic signs and putting in new stormwater equipment. Crews hope to be finished up by June 13.

Several shop-owners said that they have seen up to a 50% drop in profits since constuction started in late May. They said that the timing is the unfortunate part.

"It came at prime time during the summer months season anytime from this point forward is selling season," said John Shults, owner of JJ Shoes. "A lack of foot traffic and car traffic, and therefore a lack of customers."

"Its been really dead downtown. No one wants to be walking around when it's loud and noisy," said Dannea Mensching, the manager of Shenanigans Toys. "It's probably the worst time they could have done it. Why didn't they do it a few months ago?"

Both store owners reported around a 30% drop in sales during the usually busy time of the year.

The construction is set to finish one day before the popular Car d'Alene show downtown. Mensching was skeptical about the timing however.

"Car d'Alene is a huge event," Mensching said, "I highly doubt they'll have it done before then."

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