Christine Glanz, owner of Computers Etc., 150 S. Houghton Road, Suite 120, stood up in front of the mayor and council at the Oct. 13 meeting during the call to the audience and emotion overcame her.
"We've been here 13 years and we still get people coming in saying they've lived here awhile and never knew we were here," Glanz
"They say they stopped in the complex and accidentally saw us."
Until last year, a Bashas' supermarket anchored the center, but it closed as part of its bankruptcy reorganization in which 10 underperforming stores were shuttered.
"With Bashas' gone we need another way to bring people into our shopping center," Glanz
Now, there's a new problem looming.
The Regional Transportation Authority is getting set to widen Houghton Road, but because it is in a scenic corridor zone, the city won't allow businesses to put up temporary signs saying they are still open for business while entrances to the center are closed for construction.
"They are going to close two of the three entrances on the Houghton Road side of this complex and they are not going to allow us to put up temporary signs for a few months to get by?
"This is not just one occurance.
This is happening all over the city and so many business owners just give up.
But I am not going to do that; I am going to fight back."
Without some change, Glanz
doesn't expect that some businesses in the center will survive.
words, and the speeches of four other small business owners, caused some council members to move into action.
City Councilman Paul Cunningham, whose Ward 2 includes the center, showed up the next day to talk to Glanz
and see what she
is dealing with.
Two other council members, Shirley Scott and Steve Kozachik, also asked Glanz
for more information.