Project’s end can’t come soon enough

“The situation is pretty bad. Customers say: ‘Well, I’m sorry I got fed up going around and you don’t have no parking. I’m going to a mall.’ And they’re right. I can’t even pay my rent anymore.” – AnnaMaria Buttinelli, owner of Curactive and Tulip

“When I was doing my business plan, I always thought of St. Clair as the next College St. and I still believe that. I think within a year or two a lot of good businesses will come to the area.” – Enzo Marcello opened Zo Restaurant during construction

“Small businesses are eating their investment. They are in the red already. Forget about the money, the compensation. Nobody even says, ‘Hi, (are you) dead or alive?’ ” – Sheikh Naeem, owner of Dennis Dollar 1 Plus

“We’re not happy. No one wants to sit outside because of all the noise and dust. The owners are hostages now. What can they do? We’re like puppets hanging by a string.” – Tony Capellono, runs Boom Breakfast and Co.

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By: Kris Scheuer and Karolyn Coorsh
Posted: Jul 2 2009 5:00 pm
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto