South Knox businesses seeing increase since bridge reopening

South Knox businesses seeing more customers since bridge reopening

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South Knoxville businesses like Stanley's Greenhouse say they're seeing more customers this weekend now that the Henley Street bridge is partially reopened. South Knoxville businesses like Stanley's Greenhouse say they're seeing more customers this weekend now that the Henley Street bridge is partially reopened.
"Business has been down for a lot of people here in South Knoxville," said Delaine McCraw, manager of Yester Years Vintage. "Business has been down for a lot of people here in South Knoxville," said Delaine McCraw, manager of Yester Years Vintage.
"It was a big impact. We didn't think it'd be quite as bad as it was. A lot of businesses didn't make it," said Monte Stanley, co-owner of Stanley's Greenhouse. "It was a big impact. We didn't think it'd be quite as bad as it was. A lot of businesses didn't make it," said Monte Stanley, co-owner of Stanley's Greenhouse.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It's been just ten days since the reopening of the Henley Street Bridge, and already South Knoxville businesses say they're seeing a noticeable increase in customers.

The bridge, which connects downtown to South Knoxville, was shut down for more than two years for construction.

One lane in each direction reopened to traffic on October 17.

South Knoxville business owners threw a big party over the weekend in celebration of the reopening, called Autumn Fest.

The local stores that hosted it, Stanley's Greenhouse and Yester Years Vintage, say in the nearly three years that the main route into their community was closed, they saw customer numbers plummet.

"Business has been down for a lot of people here in South Knoxville," said Delaine McCraw, manager of Yester Years Vintage. 

"It was a big impact. We didn't think it'd be quite as bad as it was. A lot of businesses didn't make it," said Monte Stanley, co-owner of Stanley's Greenhouse.

And now they're celebrating because they're already feeling the tide beginning to turn in their favor.

"It's been so slow for so long. We've waited two years and now slowly, it's coming back," said McCraw.

More and more customers seem to be finding their way back to South Knoxville.

These shops have noticed a marked increase in shopper in the last week.

"The last few days, yes. I had somebody yesterday tell me they didn't realize how quick and easy it was to get to South Knoxville coming across the bridge," said McCraw.

They hope the increased traffic flow just continues to grow as time goes on, bringing much needed revenue back into these locally owner businesses.

"There's a lot of little shops that people aren't familiar with but we hope they will become," Stanley.

They just want to get things back to they way they used to be, or possibly better than ever, here in South Knoxville.

"I think once the bridge gets totally reopened, we're going to be back to where we were," said McCraw. "It is going to come back and Henley Street is back open and ya'll come on down."

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