Reconstruction in Downtown Grand Island Affects Businesses

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- The second phase of reconstruction on 1st Street from Walnut Street to Pine Street has begun. Businesses located between the barricades say it's made finding them a challenge.

"We've had a lot of people walk through the door and say, 'Do you know how hard it is to find this place?' And I'm like, 'yeah, I know it's crazy," said Deb Dalton, the owner of Farmer's Daughter.

Farmer's Daughter isn't the only business customers have difficulty locating. Wave Pizza Company next door has had frustrated customers as well.

"It has affected us a little and there we're getting calls, 'We don't know how to get to you, we'll come by when the construction's done' things like that," said Brett Lindner, the owner of Wave Pizza Company.

Even customers have noticed empty chairs.

Etta Waline said, "It's not as full as it is sometimes."

Both businesses say their biggest hit comes from out-of-town customers, who think of the diner and pizza place as a destination stop. But Dalton says she's thankful for her loyal customers.

"I have to thank all the locals from Grand Island for taking excellent care of us. Business is better than I thought it would be," said Dalton.

If you're thinking about visiting businesses downtown, the reconstruction project manager says to be patient.

"For those who are looking to go to a certain business, they need to plan ahead of time, try to avoid the construction, find those alternate routes ahead of time and avoid getting caught behind a barricade that says road closed," said Project Manager Scott Griepenstroh.