Store Owners Concerned Over Intersection Shut-Down

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(Memphis) In just a little over week, people headed to Graceland will have to find a temporary detour as the city shuts down one intersection to redo the roads.

Business owners fear the three-day closure could affect businesses.

“It’s on the weekend,” said Shawanna Rucks of Bin’s Hair Braiding. “That's when we get all of our business, by them shutting it down, how are our customers going to get through.”

Councilman Harold Collins says remodeling the intersection is one of the growing pains to revitalize Elvis Presley Blvd. The overhaul is scheduled for March 1st-3rd.

“We believe on the weather projections that we'll have enough good weather where the contractors will be able to shut the intersection down, tear up the old concrete, pour brand new concrete and set the easement,” said Councilman Collins.

Rucks said the shutdown is bad timing for her business, Bin’s Hair Braiding. She says right now people are using their tax return money at the shop.

Rucks fears it could stop for three days possibly longer if the project lags behind, but Collins says the council will keep it on schedule.

“This project is very important and it needs to be on time and we're not accepting any unnecessary delays,” said Collins.

Store owners welcome the renovation to the boulevard.
They just hope their businesses are still around when the revitalization is done.

“They need to make a way for our customers to get through,” said Rucks.

Collins is holding a town hall meeting Thursday evening for people to voice their concerns. It starts at 6:00 pm at Middle Baptist Church in Whitehaven.