Constant Spring Rd Expansion Hurting Businesses

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Business operators along Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew, are complaining of significant reductions in their profit margins due to the ongoing roadworks along the major thoroughfare.

Owner of Richie B Liquor Center, Richie Burgess, says business has been cut by approximately 40-per cent.

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Mr. Burgess is hoping the roadworks will be completed soon.

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In the meantime, Owner of Charmaine Day Spa, Charmaine Shortridge, says she’s had to cut more than half of her staff.

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And, Manager of Michael’s Restaurant, Lorna Thomas, says she’s lost nearly half of her clients.

She’s also chiding the authorities for what she believes is a failure to consistently communicate with the affected business owners along the Constant Spring corridor.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.