CREATED Sep. 5, 2013
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.- Business owners at one Bonita Springs shopping complex on Bonita Beach Road off U.S. 41 said nearby construction is killing business.
"Prior to this construction we actually started to pick up a little and now it's awful. Slow for us is usually each stylist having a couple people a day, now we have literally nobody." Diane Calnan, stylist at Jean Nicole Hair Salon said.
Diane Calnan said Jean Nicole Hair Salon is the oldest business in the complex but the construction has them struggling to survive.
" I'm coming to work to work and I'm making no money so it is very frustrating." Calnan said.
Employees a few doors down at Vacuum Depot Plus said it is the same story.
"We were about 70 percent off business which is a major hit for us especially in this economy." Larry McCoy said.
Shop owners said the property owner's are knocking down an old building to make room for a new Publix Grocery store, but they didn't their businesses would take a hit.
"It looks as though the complex is being torn down, there isn't anything indicating that businesses are still open a lot of customers are pulling into the complex doing a u-turn and leaving." Vacuum Depot Plus owner Chris Lingenfelter said.
Shop owners want to know why there haven't been any signs or advertisements put out letting customers know the rest of the complex is still open. FOX4 reached out to the property owner, a company based out of Israel but we are still waiting to hear back. In the meantime, business owners said they're waiting for the construction nightmare to be over.
"Every few years you need a vacuum cleaner. If we're not here they're going to go down the street. We're not going to see them a few years down the road when they finally need service. So the damage that's being done can't be replaced." McCoy said.
" We are still in business, we welcome anybody to come in and I just hope we can go back to normal and start to pick up again." Calnan said.
Business owners said the property owners told them construction could take at least another year to finish.