New road construction affects local business in Boardman

New road construction affects local business in Boardman




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New road construction affects local business in Boardman

New road construction affects local business in Boardman

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Businesses along Western Reserve Road in Boardman are struggling after another section of the road was closed.

The stretch between Market Street and Southern Boulevard will be closed for the next two weeks.

It started yesterday, July 8, as part of an ongoing widening project along Western Reserve, but retailers along that stretch say it’s already taking a heavy toll.

“It’s cut our business in half during this construction period,” said Brandon Hacker, the Boardman Sparkle Market store manager. “So 50 percent, maybe 65-plus percent. So what does that do internally for our employees? They have to work, but if you don’t have a business, how are they supposed to work?”

Hacker adds that they can transfer employees to other Sparkles if necessary.

However, things are not easy for the other companies in the affected area, which only have one location.

Despite the construction work, these businesses are still open.