Road upheaval costs business

by Richard Gleeson
Northern News Services

NNSL (Aug 06/97) - Roadwork on Forrest Drive and Franklin Avenue us being blamed for plummeting sales at one business on the intersection.

"I've lost 70 to 80 per cent of sales since they started construction," said Winks convenience store and gas bar owner Ed Zaragoza.

Zaragoza, who purchased the business in spring, estimates the drop in sales has cost him $50,000 to $70,000 in receipts.

Because of limited access to the business, the city allowed parking across the street, in the large lot serving Ruth Inch pool and the Yk Community Arena.

But the construction has had little impact on another business, Wade Hamer Mini Golf, located near the pool.

"I really don't think (it has)," said manager Wendy Edwards. "The bad weather has had more of an impact than anything."

Zaragoza said city officials told him the work should be complete by the end of August.

The city is replacing sewer and water lines beneath Forrest Drive, from Lanky Court to Franklin Avenue, and from Resevoir Road to 51A Avenue.

A total of $1.55 million is budgeted for the work this year.