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Editor and Ronan community members,

As you’ve likely experienced first-hand, there are a lot of changes underway along Highway 93. The Ronan-North construction project is making progress, but many travelers are avoiding that stretch of highway by taking alternate routes. As a result, the businesses along that stretch of highway are experiencing significant downturns in customer traffic, during the start of what is typically their busiest time of year.

According to a recent article in the Char-Koosta, Stella’s Bakery & Deli reported a 50% decline in sales since the start of the project. While we support infrastructure development and recognize growth comes with growing pains, the Ronan Chamber of Commerce would like to take this opportunity to encourage all community members to take some extra time to support these businesses by frequenting them for drinks, meals, fuel, etc. 

Small businesses rely on their community’s support every year, especially when they experience a downturn. Businesses that could be affected along this corridor include: Dairy Queen, Java Junction, Pizza Café, Sinclair Ronan/Dyno-Mart, Ronan Motors, Stella’s Bakery & Deli, Dobson Creek Coffee, Ronan Body Shop, Towing & Repair, Valley Club Bar & Café, Carquest Auto Parts

When traffic is slowed down by construction, many small businesses suffer, as drivers simply want to get through that stretch of road without stopping. So please keep all Ronan businesses in mind when making your purchasing decisions. When you shop locally this summer, scan the QR code at each of the above businesses for a chance to win $100 in Chamber bucks! Drawings will be held at the end of June, July, and August. The more you shop, the better your odds. Ronan small businesses depend on your support. Thank you!

The Ronan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

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