A big problem is backing into Sam Basnet’s business. It is yellow with a bucket on one end, has tracks instead of wheels, and it digs holes through pavement.
It isn’t the only backhoe working near Second St. at Adams Ave. in Evansville. Construction blocks traffic from driving past Haynie’s Corner Market and makes it almost impossible to reach.
This one is a real whopper, because Sam likes where he’s at.
“It’s a good spot to be, Haynie’s Corner is growing,” Basnet said. “We got all kinds of people from every race and color.”
But all the work outside his front door has really soured things. It is part of a $3 million project expected to take almost 2 years, and it has only just started this summer.
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said this work is like ripping off a band-aid. It’s going to hurt, but it must be done.
“It’s frustrating, that’s the only word I can say,” Basnet laughed. “I can’t do anything about it, and it’s something that needs to be done.”
Evansville Water and Sewer is upgrading pipes, as it is doing across the city. The aging infrastructure is in desperate need of repair.
“I see they’re working hard; the only thing is they’re getting paid and I’m not,” added Basnet.
He said sales have slumped almost 40 percent over the last couple of weeks.
There is some light at the end of this work zone, though. The intersection in front of Haynie’s Market should re-open in 2 to 3 weeks as construction shifts to a new intersection.
Basnet expects better business then.
His regulars are still walking in, but thanks to a Facebook post shared more than 1,500 times overnight, Basnet is seeing some new faces too.
“Saw a post on Facebook last night about how this construction is hurting this grocery store,” said one man waiting for his wife inside.
“I just drove the extra little bit down here to buy milk instead of somewhere else.”
Neighbors helping neighbors. What a life saver for this little neighborhood store.
This story was originally published on July 2, 2019