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Ardmore merchants see benefits of streetscape project

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The first phase of Ardmore's streetscape project is nearing completion. (KTEN) The first phase of Ardmore's streetscape project is nearing completion. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- For months, streetscape construction in Main Street's Depot District has taken away had taken sidewalks and parking spaces from retailers.

Jenny Moen, owner of Ten Star Pizza Kitchen, said it was a tough start for the business which just opened last November.

"The road was completely shut down at that point, so my first step into the business was that experience," she said. "It has affected business a lot, looking at past numbers and current numbers."

Now, with a wider sidewalk and plenty of parking, Moen is seeing the benefit of the temporary inconveniences.

"We saw a huge influx of customers last weekend, people coming out to check it out," she said.

Hayden Hunt, manager of The Stag, said the streetscape project not only helps with parking, but is easier on the eyes as well.

"It's really pretty to look at, and it's better for our older customers," she said. "Since it's been cold for the past few days, it's been really good to have up-close parking where people don't have to walk half a mile to get to us."

While construction can be a nuisance, The Tease Hair Salon owner amber dove believes it will bring long-term success to Main Street in Ardmore.

"It's almost weird parking in the front now, because we haven't had it for a little bit, but i think it's going to be great," she said. "I think it's going to be beautiful, and I can't wait to see what it's going to be."

Phase one of the streetscape project is expected to be complete by March.

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