Building work to improve a Newmarket car park has caused a drop in footfall for nearby businesses, traders have said.
The 400-space multi-storey car park next to The Guineas shopping centre, in Fred Archer Way, is undergoing a £200,000 makeover to improve its lighting, security, layout and signage.
But traders said closures at the car park, to allow for the work to go ahead, has had a negative impact on business.
Michelle Banks, manager of clothes store Roman, said: “We have been 20 to 30 per cent down in the last two weeks.
“It has been so quiet. At this time of year you would expect business to be doing well.”
Di Robertshaw, chairman of the Newmarket Retailers Association, said: “I have heard from traders that footfall is down. We were aware the work was starting, but we weren’t aware of the impact of so many floors closing at once.
“Hopefully once the work is done it will be better for us in the end.”
The work, carried out by Forest Heath District Council using section 106 money from Waitrose, should be finished by early November.
A spokeswoman said disruption would lessen after this week, when five levels of the car park were shut.
Cllr Stephen Edwards, cabinet member for car parking, said: “The car park is an important facility for the town which has not been used to its full potential. I am very pleased that this work will provide a far more user-friendly environment and I look forward to it welcoming more visitors to Newmarket.”