Store owner William Lumry sees the silver lining and considers the construction in front of his thrift store to be in his favor.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — God’s Gift to You Thrift Shoppe has seen a large amount of construction in their area over the past six years, but unlike many other businesses, the store is taking advantage of the work on the road.
Store owner William Lumry told 3NEWS, “as far as the construction and how it affects business, it doesn’t bother me.”
When some drivers see orange cones, that’s usually their cue to avoid the area, but Lumry has an interesting perspective. He sees the silver lining and considers the construction in front of his thrift store to be in his favor.
“They have to stop at the light, sometimes longer, and they’re looking around. ‘Whoa, there’s this store of whatever kind,’ and we have a lot of customers going, ‘Oh, there’s a grocery store,'” Lumry explained.
Corpus Christi Engineering Services Assistant Director Brett Van Hazel said community outreach is essential to them. The reason for the continuous construction in this area is the failure under the road, including pits and wells.
“Wells that can move, you have curbs and gutters that are starting to roll and no longer serve their intended function, sidewalks that are cracking or starting to become non-ADA compliant,” Van Hazel explained.
Efforts are still being made to help businesses run as smoothly as possible. “We do our best to make sure every point of entry and exit, whether it’s a side street, a business, is always guarded,” Van Hazel said.
The project between Kostoryz and Baldwin began in April 2021 and has cost the city $13.6 million.
“We are currently scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2023,” Van Hazel added. “So overall, the total duration of the project was 27 months.”
City officials told 3NEWS the project is now back on schedule after previous delays.
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