Good Works furniture store closing, owner says Loop Trolley to blame

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO ( KTVI )- Good Works  Furniture Store is closing.  The owner says her store is just the "first causality," of the Delmar Loop Trolley. While many area leaders applauded the construction of the $43 million  Loop Trolley Line, reaction to the plan is mixed.

The Good Works furniture store is holding a "Going Out of Business" sale after 33 years in business citing the trolley plan as the issue.

"It will make the traffic pattern in the Loop that much more difficult.  In the end, we will end up with a Trolley that's going to increase the tourism traffic. So before that happens we thought we would retire," said Rita Navarro

However, Joe Edwards, one of the driving forces behind the trolley, says many other restaurants and other business in the loop support the Delmar Loop Trolley Project.

"It's really an important part to get good public transit for everybody, rich , middle class, poor , tourists and people who want to invest in a business," said Edwards.

Good Works' owner thinks adding trolley traffic to Delmar is not a good idea.

"So for a furniture store we need to have easy access for customers and it's really difficult to get to the Loop now and we are concerned that with the trolley, it will be that much more difficult," said Navarro.

Construction continues on The Loop Trolley Project .Work will be phased in to keep traffic flowing at the intersection of Skinker and Delmar.  Parking on the south side of Delmar within the construction zone will be limited.

The trolley will run between the U-City library and the Missouri History Museum.

The $43 million project is being funded by a one cent sales tax in the trolley district, grants, tax credits, and private contributions.

Good Works  is located at  6323 Delmar. The Going Out of Business sale started September 3.  For store hours call 314-726-2233



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