‘In 14 years I’ve never experienced such a low taking’: Monks Road businesses on road closure

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Monks Road businesses are reminding customers they are still open as usual during ongoing roadworks in the area. Some have seen trade drop dramatically since closures began.

Work began in the area on Monday, August 7, to upgrade the gas mains and resurface certain areas. The project is expected to be complete on August 21.

The junction from Broadgate to Outer Circle Road is currently closed and bus services have also been postponed while the work continues, however businesses are open as usual and pedestrians and cars can still gain access to them.

Lincolnshire Business went out to Monks Road to speak to employees and businesses owners in the area about how the works have impacted their business.

Moonlight Shopper

Photo: Guy Owen for Lincolnshire Business

“We are struggling,” said Anthoni of Moonlight Shopper.

“I’ve been here for 14 years and never experienced such a low taking in the shop,” he added.

Anthoni also admitted that in the last week his business had been down 40% on daily taking and said he “can’t wait” until the road re-opens.

Body Beautiful

Daniel of Body Beautiful. Photo: Guy Owen for Lincolnshire Business

The impact of the roadworks hasn’t affected Body Beautiful, whose employee Daniel Hopkinson-Dunderdale, said: “As we’re an appointment-based company it has not affected any customers coming to us.

“It has definitely been quieter but the best thing is that there is a lot less traffic around here.”

Daniel joked: “Can we keep it keep the road closed permanently?”

Monks Food City

Kirushanthi of Monks Food City. Photo: Guy Owen for Lincolnshire Business

Owner of local shop Monks Food City, Kirushanthi Thangavel said that her business has been “dead” in the last week.

Sales have dropped, we have our regular customers but our passing through customers aren’t coming in due to the road closures.

“We’re a bigger shop so we are surviving.”

Kirushanthi also voiced her concern about placing shop orders with the decrease of business.

Because we’re an English and Eastern European shop, a lot of our products have to be pre-ordered, so I can’t predict what to order and as it’s all up in the air I’m stepping on eggshells before placing big orders.”

Monks Road Working Men’s Club

Photo: Guy Owen for Lincolnshire Business

Secretary of the club, Nigel Clare, said: “On a Saturday night we have people who come from Ermine area and that end of town, they usually use the buses but as they’re not running it’s affected us.

“It’s quiet in the area, especially in the morning coming in,” he added.