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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's downtown manager is just one new business shy of his goal of increasing the capacity of downtown stores by 25%.

Aaron Blair took us for a walk around downtown Thursday morning to show off some of the progress.  He says this block of Broad Avenue is almost full and one of the businesses that's leaving has a line of people interested in moving in.

Blair said he wanted 13 new businesses to open up by the end of the year. So far, twelve have opened or signed leases. With nine months remaining in the year, he believes downtown will far exceed the goal.

Blair said, "Well, we're excited about it and everyone that's down here is excited and the new business owners that we have here, they're so vocal and so excited about downtown that it's making my job easier because it's not just me saying how great downtown is, we have 12 new business owners that do the same."

In addition to Broad Avenue, new businesses have opened up on Washington and Jackson Streets.

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