- September 29, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
Randall Hodges at work with Mount Rainier in the background. (Photo courtesy Randall Hodges)
“Walkable Main is killing my business,” laments internationally acclaimed photographer and Edmonds merchant Randall J. Hodges, who has submitted a $14,900 claim with the City of Edmonds to compensate him for business lost at his downtown Edmonds gallery due to what Hodges calls the “failed plan” of Walkable Main Street (WMS).
He came up with the figure by comparing his Saturday receipts for “a few years prior to Walkable Main” with Saturdays during the street closures, adding that the amount he has taken in for all 2021 Walkable Main Saturdays combined equals “what I used to be able to do in a single Saturday.” His claim states that during Walkable Main Saturdays his walk-in traffic was down 50 percent, and sales were down 90 percent.
Hodges has run his photography gallery since 2014 at 317 Main Street, in the heart of downtown Edmonds’…