“Busnesses are always coping,” Berstler said. “That’s how you stay in business. You adapt or you wither away.”
Still she agrees that the initial reaction from other merchants is that it has affected the bottom line.
“It’s a hit,” she said. “The initial reaction is that revenues are down all over.”
Lemister had an even harsher assessment.
“This project is being done on the backs of the merchants,” he said. “Each business is going to have to figure out if it can keep enough customers to stay in business. What options do you have? You just have to deal with less revenue. If less revenue makes your business insolvent, then you have to go out of business.”