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Downtown development comes at a cost, small business owners say

Downtown development comes at a cost, small business owners say

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Mar 12, 2013

 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Redevelopment efforts in downtown Las Vegas have made huge strides, but some say the growth has side effects.

A few long-time small business owners on East Fremont Street say they're becoming a casualty of redevelopment.

Many of the family restaurants and mom-and-pop shops say they were the true pioneers of downtown. Now, they feel like they're getting kicked out.

The Fremont Family Market and Deli has been across from the El Cortez for more than a decade. But soon it will merge with the Family Food Mart at 11th and Fremont, blocks away. Boxes are being packed and shelves cleared out. 

The property owner and landlord, Richard Sturman, decided to lease the building to the Downtown Project.

Sturman said overall, it's a move that's better for everyone involved.

Sturman said it's a natural part of the growing process. As you can see by the new businesses, construction and foot traffic, growth is happening.

The owner of the family market just worries it will come at some people's expense.