Laclede's Landing business owners say Arch project hurting bottom line

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 22 at 5:25 AM

(KMOV.com) – Many business owners in and around Laclede’s Landing claim nearby construction has been very bad for business.

Some business owners told News 4 the City Arch River 2015 project and other construction to improve Laclede’s Landing has caused sales to drop 50 percent.

“We've only had two customers all day today and we opened at 11 o'clock, " said James Jefferson who operates the Laclede’s Landing Wax Museum.

Ryan McClure, with City Arch River 2015 said business owners and visitors need to be patient.

"We understand it's a little inconvenient you have to learn new ways to get here but we know St. Louisians can adapt to that" McClure said.

Victor Mattinson of Laclede’s Landing Merchants Association said the work at Laclede’s Landing will actually make the area more pedestrian and tourist friendly because there will be flatter sidewalks and more lighting when the project is finished. The construction is slated to be completed in May.

"This is a great thing for the landing,” Mattinson said.  “This is good for the businesses and we are convinced any inconvenience that occurred for the last few months will be paid back in spades over the next years."

Susan Troutman with Great Rivers Greenway told News 4 there are plans for more attractions at the St. Louis Riverfront and Laclede’s Landing.

“New public park spaces, recreational activities north of Eads Bridge. All of that is coming together in the next couple of years,” Troutman said.

News 4 has also learned two residential developments could be built at the Landing. 

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