Construction causing some NuLu businesses to crumble

Small businesses near downtown Louisville are asking you to think of them when it's time for holiday shopping. Some NuLu shop owners say construction is costing them businesses, one shop seeing revenue down by 40-percent.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Some NuLu shop owners claim construction is costing them businesses and, in essence, their livelihood.

 
"It is what it is, we're struggling,” Leslie Bowers said.

Bowers’ business, Peace of the Earth, is her everything.

"I'm a single mother and the sole provider for my family and this is it. This is what I have to provide for them,” Bowers said.

That's why a 40-percent drop in revenue over the last 18-months has her seriously concerned, and looking to what she calls the "NuLu prophecy".

"It’s going to be great. I tell myself that – every day,” Bowers said.

The once blighted area on Louisville's East Main Street is now a thriving restaurant and retail district. Business owners like Bowers bought into the concept years ago.

But ongoing constructions projects and unexpected sewer situations have some businesses closing before ever getting to that picture-perfect prediction.

"We've seen a traffic nightmare of sorts that have led to some of the businesses closing early, restaurants that have given up on their lunch business, because of the difficult nature of getting from downtown and here and back,” Rick Murphy, President of the NuLu Business Association, said.  

Murphy admits times have been tough, with six businesses closing down over the last two years. But he said he's hopeful.

"The streets are all open and were looking at a very to a very positive Christmas season and 2018. I think it should be a great year for us,” Murphy said.

With the re-opening of the Convention Center and several new residential properties within NuLu, he said the projected outcome is a positive one.

 

As for Bowers, she said she's counting on it.

 

This past weekend was a great weekend for the neighborhood retail spots with community members coming out to celebrate Small Business Saturday.

Shop owners said they are hopeful it is foreshadowing of the rest of the holiday season.

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