Construction impacting businesses on Laclede’s Landing

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Ron Cote knows this will be his toughest year in the 20 he has been in business on the landing.

'We were down here before the stadium even came and every time they come in and do something it slows you down a little bit,' says Ron Cote, the President of Show Me's Restaurants.  'But then the rewards are always greater.'

Cote just opened his latest show me`s in Tampa Florida.

But as vice president of Laclede landing merchant association he's drawn to the river.

'I manage restaurants in six states by I'm in this one every day,' says Cote.  'I like the Landing.'

But the landing is in a state limbo with detour signs, closed roads and construction on the CityArchRiver project now in full swing.

'The Arch has lost about a million visitors in the last ten years on average,' says Ryan McClure, a spokesman for CityArchRiver Foundation.

It`s hard to miss the 100 acre, mile and a half transformation in downtown and on the riverfront expected to be finished by the end of 2016.

The end game will be big for the Gateway City.

'You get an additional economic impact of an additional Cardinal's baseball season each year,' says McClure.  'That's about 367 million dollars in added economic impact and 4400 jobs.'

So for the meantime, merchants here will have to have patience with the progress as promised.

'Yeah we know we've got a couple slow years but every time it comes back it comes back bigger,' says Cote.  'The landing has been around.  St. Louis started here and it'll probably end here.'

And the river will keep on rolling past these cobblestoned streets.

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