Some Fulton Mall Businesses See Drop During Construction

Fences, dividing up the south end of the Fulton Mall, as the first phase of construction to open up the street is well underway.

"Come down here even though we have a maze to go through, it is really good food," customer Brenda Graves said. 

That food is at Casa de Tamales.

Owner Liz Sanchez opened this location just two months ago.

Today, crews were hanging signs high, letting customers now the casa is open.

"We go out, we're giving out flyers, we're handing out menus," Sanchez said. 

Other shops are hurting.

"Sugar Sugar" boutique sells dresses. This is their busy season, except, they're not busy.

Usually, they employee extra people.

"Right now it's just me by myself, so," manager Jeanette Torres said. "It's been hard."

Craig Scharton is with the Downtown Fresno Partnership. He says, the partnership is letting the public know stores are open with signs, even on social media.

However, Scharton says businesses fail every day.

"Businesses go out of business in Fig Garden," Scharton said. "We want to do everything we can to prevent that, but there will likely be some turnover."

For Sanchez, she knew the construction would be tough, but says the Fulton Mall is where she wants to be long-term.

"It's going to be beautiful, it's going to be great, it's going to thrive, and it will be the heart of downtown."

Officials tell us crews are actually working ahead of schedule right now, and this first phase is expected to be completed in the next four to five months.

Reporting in Downtown Fresno, Megan Rupe.

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