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July 14, 2013

Thrifty Shopper owner protesting road blocks

Shop owner loses business to road blocks.

“Honk if you don’t like these roadblocks,” read a sign Lauren Waldron, The Thrifty Shopper owner, held while standing at the corner of Sixth Street and Broadway Friday afternoon.

On an average Friday, Waldron can expect to make a little more than $300 at her store, 606 E. Broadway. During the scheduled June road block outside of the Logansport City Building she made $6.90.

Waldron opened her store in September and only experienced one road block last year. When road blocks began this year, she saw how drastically they changed her sales.

“I put everything I had to open this place,” Waldron said. “Two of my biggest days of the week are a bust with the road block and as a new business, I can’t shut my store down for those days.”

Before Salvation Army volunteers set up their road block Friday, Waldron told the workers she would be holding up a sign while they were out there.

“I really don’t want people to view me as mean or that I don’t like fundraisers, because that’s not it at all,” Waldron said. “It’s just not fair for one group to benefit and take out half the downtown. Some people avoid the downtown when the road block is at this location.”

The road blocks take place the second weekend of every month from March until April, according to Chris Armstrong, Logansport Community Development Director. Armstrong said she had received a phone call from Waldron and was informed her business had gone down.

“I feel terribly if it truly does cause hardship on the local businesses, but at the same time, I would hate to stop it because it helps the groups raising money,” Armstrong said. “It really does help these smaller organizations.”

Any non-profit can apply to have a road block, Armstrong said. She said she has files on road blocks going back to at least 2006.

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