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Businesses say Front Street work hurting bottom line

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Front Street construction is causing headaches for more than just drivers. It's created a bump in the road for businesses as well. Fewer customers have translated into more discounts at stores.

One business owner says the construction has nearly closed her shop. The strategy is to sell what she can, for less, hoping to attract shoppers.

Shops have been forced to discount items to try and stay in the black. At Flashbax on Front, Alyssa Bauman is offering 25 percent off everything in her store. She says all the businesses on the block have taken a huge hit because of the construction. Her shop included.

"I've got to do whatever I can do right now to stay in business," Bauman said, "so if I have to give everything away at 25 percent off, you know, it's better than closing down."

This is the first phase of the Front Street Project affecting Front Street between Market and Princess Streets. The next phase will span from Princess to Chestnut.

The project started in January should be complete by august. Business owners say that's a long time to hang on.

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Front Street re-modeling

We have lived in this area for about 5 years now, and it seems that Wilmington is always changing their streets and causing problems for downtown businesses. Why can't they settle on a plan, and then leave things alone? I never go downtown while work like this is going on.

Front St

I think the main project is not the remodeling but the sewer repair that is going on. The city is doing the remodeling at the same time, but the reason the streets are being torn up is the utility authority.

Downtown Business

Our business (Momentum Surf and Skate @ Five North Front Street) has been up the last two months.  Picking up new brands like Toms Shoes, Arbor, and RVCA have had a lot to do with our increase in business. The Front Street construction has been an irritation to our customers but has not kept them away. Thank you Wilmington for supporting local businesses!

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nice plug for your over priced kid stuff.

Hmph

What's hurting Mrs.Bauman's bottom line is the new clothes prices she charges for used clothing.