Less than a month after a popular Las Cruces bakery closed due to ongoing construction, a second store is also going out of business.
KTSM confirmed on Thursday that Pic Quik is closing its Avenida de Mesilla location due to the three-part Valley Road construction project.
A sign that reads, “Store closing due to NMDOT and the City of Las Cruces refusing to assist with construction issues” is currently posted outside of the storefront.
Earlier this month, Pic Quik officials told KTSM that the company was concerned with the safety of its customers and gasoline providers.
“We have a lot of fuel trucks and multiple deliveries throughout the day, and with them being hazmat and having flammable products, it’s an issue exiting the property,” Pic Quik Vice President Candace Telles said. “A lot of traffic coming in from Valley won’t have access coming in to our property, causing safety concerns.”
Pic Quik took legal action against the city of Las Cruces and the state of New Mexico in August.
“I want this to set precedence that, when the state of New Mexico, or the DOT, or anybody does something, they should work with the business owners and not just show up one day and start construction,” its owner, Oscar Andrade, said.
According to NMDOT, the Valley Road construction project is expected to be completed in the fall.
“We cannot shut down businesses, we can’t close off access to businesses, we’re going to work with all of the businesses we can providing access,” NMDOT Spokesperson Ami Evans said. “Our goal here, mainly, is to make it a safer roadway for everyone.”