Business owner says CVS construction is blocking entrance to his shop

Posted at 1:11 AM, Aug 16, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-16 01:15:36-04

Audley Dennis and his new neighbors are off to a bad start.

Construction from the soon-to-open CVS next door on South Military Highway is limiting access to his computer repair store.

Some days, there's a bulldozer parked near his lot, cutting off any driver from getting to his shop.

"I'm losing business. Customers calling me saying, 'I can't get in there to get to fix my computer so we went somewhere else,” says Dennis.

He says his business is down 75 percent since construction started about a month ago.

"Customers see a construction site, especially when you get on the road, you don't have a person on the road to direct traffic, and we’re blocked off. It turns them off," says Dennis. "People call and say they can't get in and I have problems with people even when they're picking up their computers when it's ready because they don't have access to the driveway."

Dennis runs the computer repair shop with his family. He has one other employee.

He doesn't know how much longer he can survive with this.

Except for an occasional friend, no one is coming in, which means no business and no money.

The construction company put a sign on Military Highway, but Dennis says it doesn't alert drivers soon enough.

NewsChannel 3 called the Raleigh-based construction company and has yet to get a statement from them on how much longer their work will hamper Dennis' business.