The "Amazing Spider-Man 2": Where's our money?

Posted at: 05/14/2013 4:47 PM | Updated at: 05/14/2013 5:40 PM
By: Ray Levato | WHEC.com

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Spider-Man is gone and so are the hopes of downtown businesses who still haven't gotten paid for lost business while Main Street was closed.

The city says the filming of the “Amazing Spider-Man 2” pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy. And for nine days, it also made downtown an exciting place to be. However, business owners who lost money aren't as happy.

 Five days ago, Main Street was still abuzz and filled with excitement. But now that excitement is gone. So is the production company and all it apparently left for some Main Street businesses was empty promises, that's what the owners of those businesses are saying.

Alaaddin Kelbas, owner of Bilbo's Sandwich Shop, depends on the lunch crowd. He lost two days of business while Main Street was closed. He says he lost about $1,600. Hot Rosita's lost its front door foot traffic when Main Street was closed down. They survived by having customers use the back service door, at least those customers that knew about the detour. Hot Rosita's also depends on the downtown lunch crowd. The owner says he was promised money too that he hasn't seen.


Chris Seeman, Hot Rosita's, said, “It's back to normal. We're getting the foot traffic back, thank God.”

News10NBC's Ray Levato asked, “What have your heard from the production company about compensation? Did they make any promises?”

Seeman said, “Since they've left, nothing. We signed a contract for the food that we catered. But other than that, no. They just kind of left us out in the open I guess.”

Alaaddin Kelbas, Bilbo's, said, “They saw the business I have here during the lunch hour. And they said we're going to take care of you, don't worry. I promise you're going to get paid. Promises, promises.”

News10NBC spoke with the owner of a clothing store at Main Street and Clinton Avenue. He's very unhappy and says he lost $5,000 to $6,000 over the ten days.

News10NBC put in a request to get reaction from Mayor Tom Richards, but did not get a response back. News10NBC also called Columbia Pictures, but so far we haven't received a comment or response from them.

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