SARTELL -- Many Sartell businesses are staying positive, despite a dip in sales, as construction on a roundabout continues.

The signs may say open, but the roads still say closed and local business, like The Blue Line, are feeling the heat.

"We are just tightening our belts, keeping a positive attitude and fighting our way through it shall we say," says Blue Line Co-Owner Scott Widor.

(Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON)

On June 15th construction on a roundabout at the intersection of Pinecone Road and 2nd Street began.

Spa Nala Owner Kristine Brugh says drivers are not the only ones who are frustrated.

"Trying to redirect customers through streets I don't know the names of, it's been tough," says Brugh.

And business has been anything but booming says Sartell A&W General Manager Robert Perkins.

"It's tough trying to get people in during the day and percentage wise we are down about 30 percent," says Perkins.

Yet there are some, like Widor, who are making the best out of the situation.

"We have a number of construction vests hanging right as you walk in and if you choose to wear one while you eat, you get 10 percent off your meal," says Widor.

While the last month has taken its tole on each of their businesses, they know there is light at the end of the tunnel.

"Just knowing that my clients can get here from the way they know how will be huge for us," says Brugh.

So until then they will continue to keep their heads high, stay positive and of course thank the many who continue to support them.

"We are going to be feeling a big sigh of relief when it's complete," says Perkins.

"Our customers have been braving all of this and I just want to say thank you," says Widor.

The roundabout is expected to be done by July 31st.


Crews continue to work on the Pinecone Road/2nd Street roundabout. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON.