About 15 business owners said they were relieved to see the orange barrels removed as the construction shifted to a more industrial area. Some retailers their sales had been down by as much as 50 to 60 percent, due to the construction project, according to a press release from the City of Lavergne.
“The traffic has been much faster through the area and we have seen a slight increase in business,” said Jeremy Sargent, manager of Wine and Spirits Unlimited. “Please help give the businesses of Waldron Road a fighting chance this holiday season and come visit us.”
La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley is also encouraging Rutherford County residents to shop local for Christmas.
“We have a lot of really great business owners who depend on support from the local community,” Mosley said. “La Vergne offers a variety of great services and products that would be perfect stocking stuffers or presents under the tree. I hope that our residents make an effort to shop at all local businesses, but especially those on Waldron Road that have suffered both through this recession and the road construction project.”
Mosley said much of La Vergne’s recent economic growth has been directly connected to local business, and she hopes businesses on Waldron Road will remain a vital part of the community in the future.
As the economy continues to recovery, La Vergne anticipates a jump in retail growth because there is an estimated 85,000 people in a 5-mile radius and 1.3 million in a 30-mile radius.
With several prime real estate spots for new business available, business and industry ranging from food and clothing to storage facilities are expected to locate in the area.
“We want to show potential businesses that we support our retailers,” Mosley said. “Our success as a town is tied to the success of these businesses.”