Construction slows business in downtown San Marcos
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Some business owners say construction in downtown San Marcos is starting to take a toll on their businesses.
The construction stems from a project designed to address inadequate drainage and beautify downtown San Marcos, but for businesses and their customers it's creating problems [[Allie Middleton/Mobile Phone Geeks]]
"I can't imagine it getting any worse as of right now," Allie Middleton with Mobile Phone Geeks said.
Middleton’s company, Mobile Phone Geeks, is located in the middle of the project. They say they can feel the work inside their building, but the biggest challenge is parking.
"It's at least a 15-20 minute ordeal trying to find a parking spot," Middleton said.
Parking has become such a hassle that customers are driving more than 10 miles out of their way to go to their second location.
"We've lost a little business to our New Braunfels store, because they don't want to deal with the hassle of finding a parking spot," she said.
Texas State University has opened a new parking garage and they've made it available to people that want to park downtown, but business owners say their customers haven't been willing to pay and then walk.
"It's killing our parking spots. Some of our older customers—they generally like to park outside," Andrew Fox with Showdown Amusement Bar said.
Fox’s bar has been seen their customer base shrink since the street out front has been dug up.
"They took 16 spots in front of our business and turned it down to four," Fox said."I think we'll survive. We won't thrive but we'll survive."
According to project plans, all parking should be open in early 2014. The entire project is expected to be completed later that summer.