Businesses say DNC restrictions could cost them cash

Businesses say DNC restrictions could cost them cash

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by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 3:35 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Some business owners say Democratic National Convention security restrictions could cost them thousands of dollars, while others plan to get out of town and avoid dealing with street closures, restricted parking and limited sidewalk access.

You’ll find D&D's Flooring on the corner of West Morehead and Cedar streets in the shadow of Bank of America Stadium.  Security plans show it will be tough for people to get to Doug Bialy’s store for about a day-and-a-half while the DNC is in town.

Bialy said he has submitted to authorities a list of people authorized to be at the store.  However, Bialy says deliveries and drive-up customers won’t be allowed to visit and restrictions could cost him thousands.

"Lose another day of business in a slow economy, which we really can't afford to do,” Bialy said.

Bialy has asked to be reimbursed for lack of access, but said he hasn’t received an answer.

Meanwhile, folks will have to be credentialed to get anywhere close to the No Grease barber shop in Time Warner Cable Arena during the DNC.

They're OK with it and plan to cater to the credentialed and politicians needing trims before television appearances.

"We're not going to shut down at all,” said Timothy Doe, a No Grease barber.  "It won't hurt us, but it will give us an advantage only because we're in the center of things."

Johnny Burrito on South Tryon Street is just outside restriction zones.

Still, they have a DNC dilemma posted as you enter the restaurant. It’s a poll asking regular customers if they plan to eat at Johnny Burrito during the work week while the DNC is here.

Owner Johnny Bitter says the answer is 90 percent aren’t going to eat there, compared to 10 percent who say they will be around and plan to eat there.

Bitter said he still isn’t sure if he’ll stay open or send his eight employees home during the DNC.

"We're so worried about the traffic plan, the protestors and the buildings being too secure and not letting people in that we just don't know what's going to happen,” Bitter said.  "As long as I don't lose my shirt it would be fund to be down here."
 

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