Market Square construction going on for outdoor seating

If you drive along Campbell Avenue, you’ll see some construction going on for the next couple of months.

Once this project is completed it’ll have two elevated platforms open for vendors and outdoor seating. Jonathan Shup of Roanoke Natural Foods coop at the Market Square says he’s excited since construction will knock down part of the Farmers Market to see the store better.

“Our sign will be a lot more visible and the beautiful part of the store will be better exposed I think it’ll look very nice,” says Shup.

While other businesses aren’t feeling the same way. Some are concerned about parking with 26 spots eliminated with the new construction.

People told us one of the biggest inconveniences is how to drive through Market Street with construction blocked off. However you can enter if you drive on Jefferson and turn on Kirk till you hit Market Square.

Another business on Market Street Calhoun and Kipp say most of their customer base is visitors who will find a place to park or walk to get to their store.

Eric Dresser owner of Calhoun and Kipp says for now it’s an inconvenience but once completed the new space will be something good for downtown and he’s glad the city chose to start construction now.

“This is a slower time of year in January so if you’re gonna do construction this is the best time to do it,” says Dresser.

Businesses also want people to know that they are still open despite construction.

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