Retailers Split on Downtown Sioux City Business

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Sioux City (ABC9 News)- It was a tough decision for Kelli Engel, but after 4 years in business she’s holding a sale and closing up shop at her boutique in the downtown area. She says downtown isn’t best for business.

“I think you have to have a purpose to come downtown if you’re going to come here I don’t think we have enough downtown still,” Engel tells ABC9 News.

She says the Hard Rock construction nearly crippled her business, and once the hotel and casino opened, It didn’t pick back up enough to keep the doors open.

“Bringing in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino actually ended up hurting us just because of the construction zone that we were right in the heart of. My main vein of traffic was completely cut out. So for a good 6 to 9 months I didn’t have any front door exposure.”

It’s disappointing for other local businesses like The Daily Grind to hear of a fellow small shop closing.

“When things are closing downtown, then obviously that’s going to take a hit on my business down here and so we just all have to stick together and try and keep our businesses going,” says Tiffany Parsons, the coffee shop’s owner.

However, the coffee shop and lunch spot has seen a small up-tick in business and they’re hoping the summer concerts at the Hard Rock will bring even more to the area.

“I’m hoping that there will be a lot more traffic down here and that we’ll see a little bit more of an upgrade with our business,” Parsons adds.

But for the bar Work & Church, the opportunity to open across from the new casino was a no brainer. And for them business has been better than good.

“I know if you’re in the bar restaurant business it’s boomed. Whether it’s commedy to the blues shows to ‘hell yeah’ which is a heavy metal show, to a country show, evertime there’s a concert or something going on it bleeds traffic over to this area,” says the bar’s owner Mack Dolan.

While Engel is sad to be closing Alainn, she hopes the shop space fills quickly and added there are some businesses already interested in looking at the space. She expects Alainn to be closed by the end of March once her merchandise is all sold.

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