Newport Specsavers store loses trade during council’s repaving work
1:10pm Monday 18th February 2013 in Gwent news
A NEWPORT store director says his trade has fallen during the past week after his shop was left blocked off by the roadworks in High Street.
Jason Williams, the store director of Specsavers, High Street, said he arrived at work on Tuesday to find the shop had been completely blocked off by temporary safety barriers leading to him having to ask workmen to create a path into the store.
On Thursday he said that due to digging work outside his shop, one of the double doors was also blocked off.
He said that this has led to a drop in custom during what should have been a busy week due to the halfterm holiday as people thought the store was closed.
While he would have expected custom this past week to be 10 to 20 per cent higher than a normal week, he said it has actually been 10 to 20 per cent down on a normal week.
Mr Williams said he believes the work being done was council work to repave the area.
The Argus asked Newport council for a comment relating to the issue but received no response.
Jon@thekiosk of the newsagents on High Street posted this picture of the works on Twitter, saying it was "the final straw..."