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Country Club Road closure sinks business for auto shop
By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso city representatives said they want to help the dozens of business owners losing big bucks because of the Country Club Road closure, but business owners said so far they're not seeing any relief.
Country Club Road has been completely closed from Love Road to Doniphan Drive for about three weeks. James Booth, the owner of JB Integrity Automotive, said the closure has had a major effect on his business.
"Yesterday, for the first time since I've been open, I had zeros across the board," said Booth.
With a huge hit to his income, he's already had to lay off one employee and said he may soon have to let go of another.
"It's getting scary," said Booth.
Booth said he's attended six meeting held by the city regarding the Country Club Road closure. At the meeting in November, he showed Rep. Courtney Niland his financial records.
"She just said that you've got a legitimate claim. File it with the city," said Booth.
Booth and other business owners said they want compensation from the city. But when KFOX14 asked Niland where that money will come from and how much the city has to offer businesses, she said she couldn't speak on that matter.
Instead, Niland said she will be holding an "emergency meeting."
"We actually have a meeting set up next Thursday [Nov. 12] with the city manager and city attorney to sit down and hear directly from the businesses how this has affected them and then work toward a solution," said Niland.
So far the city has put up signs advertising the affected business. But Booth said it hasn't made a difference. So he took matters into his own hands.
"I took it upon myself to write up a set of flyers and had them printed up and I have my sons walking around the neighborhoods putting them on people's doors," said Booth.
Booth said he will be attending next week's meeting and will ask the city officials exactly what they plan to do for the business owners.
"If they would at least help me keep my doors open until the road opened up, I'd be fine, but what are they willing to do? Because they won't give you a definite answer. It's always the political runaround and that's what I'm getting tired of it," said Booth.
Booth said if he loses his business and home, he may sue the city.
All affected business owners are welcome to attend the meeting on Nov. 12 at noon at City Hall.