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Some Businesses Affected By I-580 Since Opening in 2012

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Interstate 580 has made for a faster drive between Reno and Carson City since opening back in August of 2012.
It's great for commuters, but some businesses in the Washoe and Pleasant valleys are seeing a loss of business due to the new highway.
The main businesses being affected are those that rely on drive-by traffic. Before I-580, people had to go through the old 395 (through Pleasant and Washoe valleys) to get to Carson. Now, with fewer cars on the old 395 these days, people are no longer just stopping by.
"The store next door (Old 395 Station) closed within a month of the opening of the freeway," said Doug Pringle, C.O.O. of Prosthetic Consulting Technologies, located in Washoe Valley. "The other businesses in town really dried up."
Down the street, the Chocolate Nugget says it's also been affected.
"It took about half our business back," said Tina Moffitt, Manager at Chocolate Nugget. "We're missing out on a lot of tourists and the busses. That's what we're missing out on, the other half."
Fortunately, they're doing all right, thanks to important clientele.
"The locals have been so gracious about coming in and supporting us," Moffitt said.
By comparison, Pringle said Prosthetic Consulting Technologies hasn't seen much of a negative impact because of what they do.
"We're a specialty business, and the product we provide, which is prosthetics, artificial limbs, are prescribed by doctors. So, we have good relationships with the hospitals and the doctors who refer clients to us."
We also asked them if they have any solutions to bringing more people to the area.
"It would just be nice if they would allow us to have bigger signs on the bypass," Moffitt said. "Where people can see because the people coming out of Reno, they don't even see our sign. If they do pull off, they do catch our signs. They can see them coming out of Carson, but they don't see them coming out of Reno."
"Housing development because it's a beautiful area," Pringle said. "There's a lake. There's recreation, and I think that would stimulate a development here. With more population here, you might have more retail."

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