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Road Work Detouring Away Customers from Wicomico Co. Business

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Emergency work being done on Nanticoke Road, just west of Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC) Emergency work being done on Nanticoke Road, just west of Salisbury. (Photo: WBOC)
The Countryside Market and Deli on Nanticoke Road. (Photo: WBOC) The Countryside Market and Deli on Nanticoke Road. (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md.- The emergency road work being done on Nanticoke Road, just west of Salisbury, is detouring traffic, and potential customers, away from one Wicomico County business.

The heavy rain last week in Wicomico County damaged a drain pipe on Nanticoke Road between Oliver Drive and Rockawalkin Road.  The Maryland State Highway Administration believes the repairs on that portion of the road could last into August.  SHA engineers must determine the extent of the damage to the pipe and the road, and then can move forward with the necessary repairs.

Traffic is currently being detoured around the emergency repair on Nanticoke Road and Crooked Oak Lane, about a mile from the work site.  Unfortunately, the Countryside Market and Deli is only a few hundred feet from the damaged pipe and the detour is sending cars away long before they can even see the store.

"Well, my business is down somewhere between 60 and 70 percent since they closed the road off last Thursday, or Wednesday, whenever they did it," said the store's owner, Gary Foxwell.

Foxwell said a majority of his customers live west of his store and those customers simply cannot get there right now.  Even worse, the summertime could not be worse time for this drop in business to hit Foxwell.  Normally, Foxwell said he would be seeing an increase in business from boaters, fishermen, and campers traveling down Nanticoke Road.

"The months of July and August, if you combine those two months, represent almost 25 percent of my yearly gross sales," Foxwell said.

Other local businesses further west on Nanticoke Road have placed signs before the detour at Crooked Oak Lane encouraging customers to visit and letting people know they are still open.  Foxwell told WBOC he will be doing the same in the near future because he needs all the business he can get right now.

"So to look at this, I don't have a history to go on, I'm going to have to but back on employee hours," Foxwell said on Wednesday.  "I just don't have the customers I did."

Foxwell said despite the emergency repairs, he is going to remain open and hopes Nanticoke Road will open up as soon as possible.

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