St. Charles Business Owners Brace For Blanchette Bridge Closure

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR)-- News of the westbound Blanchette Bridge shutting down for a year was anything but sweet for business owner Theresa Rubio.

"Businesses down here are not looking forward to it," said Rubio.

The closure comes at a time when Rubio, owner of Grandma's Cookies on Main Street in downtown St. Charles looks forward to rolling in dough.

"It’s big business for everybody. The whole entire Main Street looks forward to Christmastime. It’s the big money maker," stated Rubio.

To ensure customers find their way to Rubio’s shop and others downtown, St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith says the city launched a major media and signage campaign.

"We have signs all over St. Charles coming from 370 from 364 how to get to Main Street, how to get to the casino, how to get to the convention center," said Mayor Faith.

That's good news especially for out-of-town visitors, like Cyndy Wine. The Jackson, Missouri resident travels to St. Charles to be with friends during the holiday season.

"It will make a difference. We will have to reroute ourselves a completely different way," said Wine. "It will be a longer route for us to come to shop."

Rubio is optimistic others will follow Wine's lead and plan alternate routes now rather than later.

"If people want to come down here to shop, they're going to find a way to make it down here," said Rubio.

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