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Business Booming in Downtown Waynesboro after Streetscape Work

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Some streetscape work just finished up in downtown Waynesboro, and now some city businesses say a wide range of upgrades over the last few years have sales booming.

A few years ago Waynesboro got several hundred thousand dollars in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make a wide range of upgrades - from cosmetic things like facade work, to making sure buildings are environmentally safe. Now, store owners are saying that's making a difference on their bottom line.

“Our sales have increased dramatically in the last five, six months,” said Jennifer Ledford, Initial Inspirations owner.

Ledford says it may be too early to tell, but cosmetic updates and streetscape work in downtown Waynesboro are boosting her sales like she's never seen.

“Every day we get new people in who have not been in the store. They may be visiting Waynesboro, and they're coming in to check out,” said Ledford.

Staff at the city's department of tourism is happy too.

"The downtown area especially has been revamped. I think, there's a lot more opportunity, a lot more stores, restaurants for sure, independent dining options, downtown has a flavor now that it hasn't had previously,” said Jenny Carter, of Waynesboro economic development and tourism.

The goal is for Waynesboro to eventually be a destination for tourists

“We want to be a destination, as independent of anything else, we want people to come here,” said Carter.

City planners say the next step in the downtown revitalization project is some more facade work which will happen over the next month or two.

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