New Albany businesses struggle with Sherman Minton Bridge closure

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 10 at 8:42 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Businesses in downtown New Albany are feeling the effects of the Sherman Minton bridge closure. Normally you'd expect to see the tables at Habana Blues filled with people, but since the Sherman Minton closed down, the crowds have died down.

Owner Leo Lopez told WHAS11 News they've seen about a 50 percent drop in business, with many of his customers saying they just don't want to fight the traffic between Louisville and New Albany.

Horseshoe Casino's revenue dropped 9 percent in 2011. That's a loss of about $24 million. The Sherman Minton did play a role in the loss, but there were also issues because of flooding. Casino representatives said despite the closure, it's still been a pretty good year for them.

Some businesses are even thriving right now. Katrina Jones, the owner of Antiques Attic, said more people are opting to shop local instead of traveling to Louisville. She said now, about 90 percent of her business is from Indiana.



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