A Regina coffee shop owner is bracing for another financial hit as the city resumes construction in front of his business, disrupting traffic flow for the second summer in a row.
"There's no left turn lane into the strip mall along here, so it will definitely affect business," coffee shop owner Al Jones lamented Tuesday. "If people want to get in here — and it's a longer way around — they may find something else that they wanna go to."
The city is working alongside Pasqua Street, in the northwest. Crews are installing a water main.
Work on the project was delayed when the city discovered the soil they were working in had been contaminated. To ensure the contamination would not affect the pipe, the city had to order a new type of pipe for the job.
The work is now expected to be done by the first of August.
"As a business owner you want things to come into your shop as much as you possibly can," Jones said, talking about the importance of easy access to his shop. "You don't want your regulars to be hindered. If your regulars start to have a problem with getting into your location people, change on a lot less things than that."
According to Jones, a previous owner lost 20 per cent of his clients due to last summer's disruption.