Some businesses in downtown Mackinaw City sat they don’t see the numbers they used to even with all the people in the area.
Tom Derk from Devon’s Mackinac Island Fudge Company said it started two years ago.
That’s when the checkpoint to enter the south end of the bridge moved from the state dock in downtown to I-75.
It makes getting to the bridge faster for visitors, but Tom says it’s hurting businesses on central avenue.
“People are already coming off the bridge we would be seeing them they would be getting coffee, getting their fudge and popcorn before heading out of town and they are not doing that anymore. We will see what the numbers bring in for this year’s bridge walk, I hope they are up but from what it looks like, not likely,” says Tom Derk, operations manager.
Tom said their five stores in downtown Mackinaw City are down 40 percent since the change.
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