Midlothian Turnpike project continues, business may have to shut down

RICHMOND, VA. (WWBT) - The construction project along Midlothian Turnpike continues, this as we find out that at least one business that is in the middle of it, may have to close down because they are taking a huge cut in profit.

Whether it's day, or night, Midlothian Turnpike is undergoing a massive transformation. Curbs are appearing and the sidewalks are being laid out.

"I noticed that! I noticed that! It's not finished but you can tell it's going to look nice," said Sandra Shine. 

Meanwhile, Sitting on the corner of Midlothian and German School, right in the heart of the construction, is D&H Food Mart and Deli and it's parking lot remains pretty empty.

Inside the store it's no different. The shelves are staying full and the cash register is barely opening. It all has this owner very worried.

"Business now is down almost half. It's gone down. I don't see new people coming around no more," said Abdul Alkowadi.

He says his cash flow is down about 50% since this the work began in January. Things are so bad, "if it stays like this, it's going to close in a couple of months."

That would mean an 11 year business, this man's livelihood, gone. VDOT says they've been working with businesses in the area to help them get through this work.

Meanwhile, the work continues along Midlothian Turnpike. In the coming months -- you'll see a lot more progress. VDOT plans to continue laying the sidewalk and curbs down. Also, you'll see the addition of drainage lines and eventually getting this road back in shape.

"I think it's going to be a lot safer for the people that drive," said Sandra.

On the other hand, despite the money troubles at the corner store--- the owner too see's the good in the work. He hopes to still be there to see the finished product.

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