Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Big I guide has tips for keeping customers.

Byline: Journal Staff Report

There are 550 days to go until the Big I reconstruction project is history. In the meantime, many businesses are wondering how to keep their customers coming through the orange barrels and detours.

A group of government and civic organizations has put together a free "Big I Business Survival Guide" to help area businesses not only survive but thrive during the marathon project.

Consider these tips from the guide's checklist:

* Create a simple map for your customers and insert it into billings and newsletters;

* Print place mats or posters with directions to alternate routes;

* Post and promote the nearest bus route and encourage your customers to take city transit;

* Change your hours of business so customers do not travel during peak times (7-8 a. …

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