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Albuquerque Residents Unite to Support Central Avenue Businesses


Since the start of construction on the innovative Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project, several groups have organically started on Facebook to support Central Avenue businesses during this time of transition.  The organizations, Road Barrel Buyers (RoadBarrelBuyers) and Meet Me On Central MeetMeOnCentral), formed independently without influence from the City of Albuquerque or the construction contractor, Bradbury Stamm Construction. Both groups are encouraging the community to shop local and to specifically shop Central Avenue.

“Central Avenue is filled with unique places to eat and shop,” Mayor Richard J. Berry commented. “The formation of these Central Avenue advocacy groups illustrates the deep love our community has for this corridor and the importance of continuing to support it both through our regular patronage of the businesses and the need to enhance the area with the catalytic ART project.”

The City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department has created an online portal of Route 66 businesses, located at to promote the businesses along the historic road, both new and old. This portal is aimed at giving the businesses exposure to the general public as well as encouraging the community to branch out and visit places they may not have known about previously. Moreover, the Albuquerque Rapid Transit team is promoting the Central Avenue businesses by listing special promotions at  to encourage patronage. Finally, in an effort to encourage business, every Thursday the ART team is hosting special pop-up events throughout the Central Avenue corridor. Listing for those events can be found at of those events (

For more information or updates on the ART project, visit at or call 505-398-4ART.