Greenville festivals hurting some Uptown businesses

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – Uptown Greenville is becoming known for hosting many family friendly festivals, especially during the summer months, in hopes of bringing more business to the area.

Some business owners say the festivals are doing just the opposite. The lack of parking in Greenville is exemplified when festivals are going on, leading to a loss in business for some.

Jotmi Janardman works at Cinnamon in Uptown and said many of his customers choose not to come into his restaurant because of the lack of parking, Our customers are elderly people so they want the parking spaces right in the front so they can walk in easily. But when the parking is not there, they have to park far away and they don’t want to walk a lot.”

Wanda Davis drives almost 80 miles to shop at her favorite store in Greenville, Friendly Boutique. When she can’t find a parking space in front of the store due to events like the Umbrella Market and BBQ Festival, she’s forced to walk far, which is difficult for her.

“I’m on oxygen and I have limited mobility with my limbs so it’s really a hardship,” said Davis.

She’s not the only Uptown Greenville customer frustrated.

“You can’t find a place to park and we have to go a block or two blocks away and we just give up and go away,” said another.

While many community members say events and festivals in town are a good thing, some businesses disagree.

“There is already some food there, so people really enjoy their food and they will not try and eat some Indian,” said Jotmi Janardman.

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