Local businesses benefiting from traffic backups from Wando River Bridge closure

“If we can relieve some stress, I understand how stressful traffic is, we want to help with that,” Fishman said. (Source: Live 5 News)
“If we can relieve some stress, I understand how stressful traffic is, we want to help with that,” Fishman said. (Source: Live 5 News)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - After a week of the Wando Bridge closure, we know a lot of drivers are tired of sitting in the bumper-to-bumper gridlock, however there is a silver lining to all of the congestion.

Quite a few local businesses have been seeing a lot of new faces in their stores because of the backups.

"Traffic is a little bit of a nightmare for everybody," said Vincent Corcino, owner of Lowco Café in Wando. "We live four miles away and it took us an hour and a half to get here yesterday."

Blend Juice Bar partner Scott Fishman moved to the Lowcountry from the Big Apple last year.

He said all of the traffic this week has him feeling quite nostalgic.

"It's most similar to rush hour traffic in New York City," Fishman said.

These local business owners said that despite their longer commutes to work the traffic has had its benefits.

"We definitely have many new customers, people who otherwise don't travel here," Corcino said. "They bring their computer, spending the day here. They're trying to beat the rush hour and wait out traffic."

"There's nothing better than something to eat or drink to help with stress. If they're sitting in traffic, maybe they'll come in," Fishman said, adding that he's proud of his loyal customers, as well. "We're able to see the real health freaks, the people that are truly dedicated and committed to nutrition and health. That's inspiring. By any means necessary, they show up."

Corcino and Fishman both hope they will be able to keep meeting new customers and cultivating these new relationships so they continue once the traffic subsides.

"If we can relieve some stress, I understand how stressful traffic is, we want to help with that," Fishman said.

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