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Construction problems: 20th Street businesses need your support

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As the 20th Street Reconstruction Project nears its final stages, Fenn’s Country Market and Superior Car Wash eagerly await the ending of detours and roadblocks that have stifled business over the course of the project.

Anna Guthrie of Superior Car Wash said they are “hoping and praying” the time estimates for project completion remain true, which would allow the business time to take advantage of the final warm weeks of the year.

Guthrie explained the car wash has experienced a sizeable dip in business due to the street closure. The losses may be difficult to recover, as the “carwash business is cyclical,” with the most revenue being generated in the summer months. 

For Fenn’s Country Market, the closure has affected employees more than anyone else thus far, although the upcoming closure of the southbound lane of 20th Street will force the market to redirect all traffic, including freight trucks, to the Main Street entrance. Fenn’s employs approximately 90 persons, according to store manager Miguel Delgado, and several have reported using alternate routes to come to work.

Representatives of both businesses expressed heartfelt gratitude to their customers.

“We appreciate the support, and we are still open for business,” said Guthrie.

Delgado said he appreciates customers “going out of their way to shop with us” and thanked the community for supporting “the local grocery store.”

Superior Car Wash can be accessed by West Quay Avenue via South 19th Street. To stay up to date with their business, follow them on Facebook or Instagram at superiorcarwashnm.

Fenn’s will be accessible by the entrance at the north end of the parking lot on Main Street. Weekly ads, hours of operation, and other information can be found on their website, fennscountrymarket.com.

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