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1 year later: Construction continues on hockey arena

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 03 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 04 2013 05:20:28 AM CST

1 year later: Construction continues on hockey arena

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

One year ago Thursday, demolition began in downtown Allentown to make way for the city's new hockey arena.

Many businesses were made offers to move elsewhere but what about the ones that stayed?

Close to half a dozen places managed to keep their doors open despite the demolition and construction.

69 News caught up with owners and asked how business is going despite the big changes.

Even though owners wouldn't speak to us on camera, some did admit receiving offers from developer J.B. Reilly and plan to close their doors within the next few months.

However, others who plan to stay, say business has been slow due to a decrease in foot traffic and a lack of parking.

We also found that several stores found new management just within the past few months, like the Jarabacoa City restaurant on the corner of Linden and Eighth streets.

Miguel Guiterrez, who also owns a couple of barbershops in the area, says he bought the restaurant five to six months ago and said he's optimistic about his new business venture.

"I think it's going to ultimately bring us new customers as the construction process goes on. I think we'll be able to remodel the restaurant and make it better so anyone can go eat there," he said.

Other shop owners say they're also looking forward to getting their businesses back on track.

The arena is expected to be done in time for the Phantoms 2014 season.