How construction has affected downtown businesses

RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - Although the streets of downtown Rapid City are a little sparse this time of year, business owners are prepping for a more profitable year than last.

"Ever since the new year I know there was a whole big deal with the shutdown, that was worrying a lot of people but we didn't feel the effects at all. Everything's been booming. Up almost 50 percent. We've been crushing it," says Cody Bartels, executive chef at KOL.

Construction on Mount Rushmore Road and Jackson Boulevard over the past several months is causing headaches for other businesses.

"The visitors bureau and the Chamber of Commerce do a wonderful job to get as many people to come to our town and then they're greeted by delays and traffic delays and what I consider poor planning to accommodate infrastructure upgrades," says Carol Pugh, owner of Staple & Spice Market.

Two blocks away at KOL, staff say construction hasn't been as much of a problem with them.

"I know they have a tough job to do and I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy. They're going a great job and we're plugging along," says Bartels.

Despite the construction issues, Pugh has received customers coming in and shopping.

"We've had a great Christmas holiday season. The weather cooperated quite a bit during the season and we're starting the year off with a bang," says Pugh.

Pugh says she wishes crews would not work during business hours.