Re­build­ing park­ing lot

Swiss Chalet re­mains open dur­ing con­struc­tion pro­ject

Cape Breton Post - - BUSINESS - SYD­NEY

The Swiss Chalet res­tau­rant on Grand Lake Road will con­tinue to see con­struc­tion to its front and back park­ing lot for another cou­ple of weeks.

Swiss Chalet fran­chise owner Dar­rell Flynn said it’s the first time new as­phalt has been laid in the res­tau­rant’s park­ing area in 29 years of op­er­a­tion.

“We’re do­ing the whole park­ing lot over. We’re re­plac­ing all the light fix­tures, all the wa­ter lines, all the curbs, gut­ters, ev­ery­thing,” Flynn said re­cently.

Over the years, the spring frost would heave the pave­ment and man­hole cov­ers, cre­at­ing a bumpy park­ing lot sur­face, he said.

Flynn said he’s been work­ing with his con­trac­tor, Joneljim Con­crete Con­struc­tion Ltd., to min­i­mize the dis­rup­tion dur­ing the res­tau­rant’s peak hours.

“When it comes time for lunch, say around 11:15-11:30 a.m., the (con­trac­tor) would stop ev­ery­thing (and) start di­rect­ing traf­fic where to park,” he said.

“We haven’t seen any de­crease in sales at all. Things are rel­a­tively the same, or up a lit­tle bit, ac­tu­ally.”

The six-week pro­ject should be com­pleted by mid-July, said Flynn.

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