Construction Slows Business at Briarcliff Village

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A section of 169 Highway is closed and it's already affecting local businesses. The bridge will be closed for five months while MoDOT makes repairs on the Broadway Bridge.

Businesses at Briarcliff hope that customers will take the detour and continue to shop. Otherwise, they may be forced to close their doors. On Saturday, business was slow. Shops like Land of Paws say they're already taking a hit.

"Usually, we have people waiting at the door ready to come in to buy some things or just play with the puppies and today we didn't have any people waiting to come in," said Becky Quinn. "It took about 30-45 minutes for the first customer to show up so we're a little concerned."

A few doors down is a family owned store Smart Feet.

"It has affected traffic as a Saturday," said Carolyn Martine. "This is much slower than we normally expect on a Saturday."

Manager Carolyn Martine says less traffic means less dollars through the door.

"It's not normal at all. It's pretty disturbing right now," she said.

She also said if the dwindling sales become a common theme, some of the shops in Briarcliff may be forced to close.

"We are 100% locally owned and operated up here at Briarcliff Village and that puts all of us at risk, not only for no open to buy for one but also runs the risk of locals closing their doors and then people aren't going to get the specialty things," she said.

Briarcliff Village has put a map and directions on its website to help customers get through the traffic detours.

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