Re­tail­ers are los­ing busi­ness

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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.

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