Viscount local business loses walk-in customers
Updated: Saturday, October 26 2013, 10:18 PM MDT
m By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- Eduardo Maese owns The Nail Company on Viscount Boulevard, and he said his store has seen less walk-in customers since Barnes and Noble and Best Buy moved to the Fountains at Farah nearby.
"We have our clientele that has been here with us for a very long time, so it hasn't really affected business for us. It is a little slower with the walk-in rate," Maese said.
El Paso's economic development department could give tax breaks to the stores that fill the space, but some shoppers said they don't understand why the big-name stores moved in the first place.
"This is a good location. You could see it from the freeway. I don't know why they moved," Northeast El Paso resident Iris Lubas said.
Maese said he has no plans to move, but his store could benefit from less traffic. Best Buy and Barnes and Noble moved in the last couple of months.
"The Fountains is where everybody is moving to, it's going to be really interesting to see their traffic. It's going to be difficult to go in and out the way it was here when Best Buy and Barnes and Noble were here," Maese said.