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Irondequoit businesses spruce up storefronts

Irondequoit, N.Y. - Its been a bumpy ride for businesses along East Ridge Road in Irondequoit these past two years. Road construction has kept customers away. But soon the dust will clear and the road will be finished.

Its anticipated the road will re-open the first week of November. It cant come soon enough for storeowners like Paul McGowan. He owns The Liquor Warehouse in the Ridge-Goodman Plaza.
McGowan said he hopes people will come back once the orange cones are down. The landlord who owns that shopping mall is giving the entire plaza a facelift.

McGowan hopes the new look will lure old customers back. Other storeowners are also putting on new facades to go along with the new road. U-Haul has a complete new storefront.

General Manager Jason Sinclair said now people can see the business further down the road.

Irondequoit Supervisor Mary Joyce DAurizio gives businesses credit for improving their storefronts. She said they realize it is important because this is the main corridor in town.

DAurizio said businesses are also hopeful something will happen with the Medley Centre development. That would draw people into Irondequoit from all over the region.

She said owners are up to date on pilot payments but still have not fulfilled their promise to take down vacant homes near the mall and start re-building and bringing new tenants in.

DAurizio said: It has blemished the town and now we need to see some work done, they need to show they are serious about the project and that they can do it.

Patrice Walsh, 13WHAM-TV
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