Phoenix coffee shop loses business, closes down due to Central Avenue light rail construction

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Phoenix coffee shop loses business, closes down due to Central Avenue light rail construction
Phoenix coffee shop loses business, closes down due to Central Avenue light rail construction

Café Phoenix is ​​losing business and closes because of the construction of the light rail on Central Avenue

Azukar Coffee in Phoenix along Central Avenue was forced to close its doors after the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the construction of the light rail, weighed on the small business.

A south Phoenix The small business owner says she is a victim of light rail construction after previously doing the Covid-19 pandemiclike so many other companies.

It’s been back-to-back hits for the companies that will eventually ride a light rail up and down Central Avenue, but after waiting several years for ongoing construction to complete, a cafe owner is forced to close down their business.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, for this beautiful, beautiful experience. May all be healthy, be blessed and peace be with you,” said Sandra Flores Azukar coffee in an Instagram post.

Flores announced that their cafe on Central Avenue near Baseline Road would close after four years. Her Instagram post cited the ongoing construction work on South Central Avenue as the reason for the closure, making way for a new light rail line.

It has been running since 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2024.

“We can’t stand that our community is in ruins with the construction, so Azukar is closed. We still have a lot of love to give and look forward to the future! So stay tuned, “she said in part in her Instagram post.

The shop is now empty, with tables and a living mural, but Sam Gomez of the Sagrado Art Gallery says they will try to save the mural in the shop.

“The goal, when Azukar opens up again, is to give it back to them to preserve the legacy they have built over the past four years,” said Gomez.

The gallery is about half a mile from the cafe.

Having seen the stresses of construction and the pandemic, Gomez said, “When you go to South Central it’s like a puzzle. One day you can turn, the next day it might be blocked.”

The City of Phoenix is ​​offering assistance to businesses along the route and Azukar has participated. She got $ 3,000 from the fund, with the city saying about 75% of the companies in the corridor are participating.

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