INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Project for the reconstruction of the North Split motorway is difficult for drivers and local businesses.
Some of the companies say they have seen a decline in business since the project began less than a month ago. At the Greiner’s subshop on Shelby Street in Indianapolis, the operators pride themselves on their sandwiches. “My mother and I always say that food connects people,” said Bridget Moyer, the managing director.
Originally opened in 1969, Moyer’s mother has owned the shop for about seven years. Moyer said they were known not only for their food, but also for their connection with the community. “There have been people who have come here all their lives.”
They are right on I-65, very close to North Split with I-70. This downtown Indianapolis hub will be closed for the next year and a half as it becomes one million dollar overhaul.
“Since then, we’ve definitely seen our in-store sales decrease by at least 10%, probably 10-15%,” said Moyer.
Greiner’s also operates some food trucks from the store, which helps. “It’s definitely a little daunting, but at the same time we have a lot of loyal customers who are there for us all the time.”
Moyer said they spoke to a few other business owners in the area – both inside and outside the restaurant business – and they say they have also seen less traffic flow through their doors.
“I think that’s the difficult thing. I just don’t want anyone to suffer from a highway block. It really affects a lot of things that restaurants here deal with on a daily basis, ”said Moyer. “Everyone around here sees much less traffic and we … I think we all just hold onto loyal customers and people who are here all the time. The neighborhood is really nice because a lot of our customers are from this area, but you know we have people from all over the place. That’s the hard part. If it is more difficult for people who are already traveling, it will be more difficult for them to come here. ”
Moyer knows it’s not an easy journey; she does it herself. But she encourages people on the other side of the north split to go the extra mile and support local businesses when they can, especially businesses affected by the closure.
Josh Pless is one of Greiner’s customers. “I just always came to a place close to my work place to support the neighborhood.”