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Major beautification project affects some businesses in downtown Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

Parts of downtown Paragould have been closed to traffic for a little over two weeks now.

It's all part of a major beautification project that was approved earlier this year.

Until that work is done though, some businesses say they are suffering because of it.

"I'm gonna say we're seeing 10% of the amount of people we was seeing," Dennis Flanery told Region 8 News.

Flanery owns Dennis' Treasure Chest on Pruett Street in downtown Paragould.

Since July 7th, the 200 block of Pruett Street has been closed to traffic.

Once crews are finished, the block will have new sidewalks, streetscape and better lighting.

Until then though, some say foot traffic has dropped dramatically.

Flanery told Region 8 News that though it's hurting business now, he's not opposed to the work that's going on.

"It's gonna be a beautiful place out front and plus it will be a lot better for the handicapped and everything is going to fit good together," Flanery said. "It's something I think downtown Paragould needed."

Though the road is closed, downtown businesses are still open.

Most of the shops downtown have rear entrances and have signs pointing you in the right direction of where to park and enter their stores.

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