Cafe owner frustrated by works’ impact on trade

‘GOOD IN THE LONG RUN’: Michelle Dart outside her Switch Café & Bar which remains open for business despite disruptive fencing and paving works in Ovens Street.

MICHELLE Dart welcomes Wangaratta’s Co-Store redevelopment but says her café business has suffered the four worst trading days in seven years since security fencing was put up last week to enable the Ovens Street footpath to be re-laid.

A Rural City of Wangaratta spokesman told the Chronicle yesterday the pavement works would be finished by the end of the month.

And he said the fencing would be removed tomorrow.

But Mrs Dart fears her Switch café on the corner of Ovens and Reid streets has lost regular customers because of the barrier and parking difficulties during the works.

“I want customers and visitors to know that we are well and truly open for business, as usual,” she said.

“We thought these works would be done long before the Co-Store re-opened.

“A lot of regular customers have been disrupted and we’ve been completely inconvenienced.”

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