Retailers are losing business
ST MARYS business owners say the slow pace of construction along Queen St means fewer people visiting and lost sales.
The upgrades to Queen St have been delayed by months, with contractor Hargraves Urban going into receivership. Parts of the street now under construction will not be finished until October and other sections haven’t started.
Nisha Sweeten, owner of Princess Nisha’s Kitchen, said her shop was suffering.
“There is no parking around for people, so they can’t get to our shops,” she said. “I’m happy they are doing it but ... every day there was only one or two people there. How can they expect to finish the work quickly?”
Sydney Charcoal Chicken owner Raquel Monzer said her new business was struggling because the works made it hard for people to see it.
“We have lost a lot and it is especially bad because we are new – just trying to start – and people don’t know us and can’t see our shop,” she said. “The work was meant to be done by the time we moved in.”
Ms Monzer said having construction works at the front of the business meant they couldn’t serve at outdoor tables, cutting their seating to eight tables for months on end. They have to turn away customers when they are full.
Upgrades to Queen St have taken too long, say traders.