Retailers sound desperate plea

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By Carol A. Clark

Phase 2 of the Diamond Drive Project is having a devasting impact on local businesses, say shopkeepers whose stores are directly impacted by the construction.

“We are concerned and we are scared,” said Jackie Beebe, who, together with husband Leonard, owns Hilltop Shopping Center at 3801 Arkansas Ave.

Ana Fukui and husband K Fukui, owners of Sushi Café, located in Suite G of the shopping center, said business is definitely down.

“We’ve owned our business for 10 years now and it’s become extremely difficult because business is so slow,” she said. “Customers only have a limited time for lunch and they tell us it’s taking seven minutes to drive through all the side streets to get to our restaurant.”

Ron Rivera, owner of Images hair salon in Suite F, expressed a similar concern.

“I’ve been in business here for 18 years,” Rivera said, who was born in Los Alamos and is currently accepting new clients. “This road work has slowed down my walk-in traffic and late night customers because people just want to get out of this mess and get home.”

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