Businesses Hurting During 3rd Street Construction in Wausau

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

A second round of businesses are dealing with the construction of Third Street in downtown Wausau.

A section from Grant Street to Bridge Street is getting a significant makeover, which won't be completed until mid-September, and that means bad business for some.

About 40 percent of Ryan Shultz's business comes from the lunch crowd. But nearing the noon hour on Monday, tables at the Polack Inn were empty.

"Normally we would have a decent lunch crowd, that's pretty much gone. I guess nobody wants to brave the construction to come visit us," Shultz said.

He realizes the $1.4 million construction project was necessary.

So does the manager of City Bike Works, just up the road.

"It was in relatively bad shape and it's gonna be nice to have a new road," Nick Krcma said.

So far the bike business has not seen a decline in sales.

"Not yet. We'll see. I think a lot of people are starting to realize that the road is dug up, so that might start to hinder some of the business.. now that it's gonna be harder to get here," he said.

But back at the Polack Inn, things are looking bleak.

With the recent smoking ban to contend with and now with road construction in the front of his business, the Shultz says it seems like everything's happening at once.

"We're hoping we don't have to close completely or most of the week but if nobody comes in, not much we can do," he said.

The sidewalks leading to all the businesses are still open.

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