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Harvey's Supermarket opens in Hahira

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

HAHIRA, GA (WALB) -  Georgia's jobless rate is at an all time high. The labor department announced Thursday the unemployment rate for Januray was 10.4 percent.

That's substantially higher than the national average of nine percent. Despite this rough economy, some businesses are still going strong.

Harvey's Supermarket just opened its 70th store in Hahira.

The new Harvey's on Highway 122 near the I-75 is now open. The store creates 60 new jobs. Robert Cooper had been looking for work for about five months and was recently hired.

"I'm going do the best I ca," said Cooper. "I've been doing my job trying to make the customers happy."

He bags groceries for now but hopes to work his way up the chain.

 "I'm hoping to be a manager one day," said Cooper. "You got to start from the bottom to get to the top."

That's what store manager Saul Camacho did. He's worked for Harvey's for nine years, starting out as a bagger in Pearson.

"I moved myself through the ranks and here I am today as a store manager and I'm very grateful for the company I work for," said Saul Camacho.

And says he's also grateful for the customers already coming through the doors of the 22 thousand square foot facility.

In this tough economy, Harvey's Supermarket is still able to open stores and hire folks.

"We've managed to keep pressing forward looking to open about two three more stores this year actually," said Redrika Harris, a Harvey's training specialist.

Shoppers we talked to today say they're glad to have a major grocery store in town.

"It makes it really convenient to shop here even for my grandmother to shop here," said Amanda Karkland.

The store prides itself in being the hometown grocer and you could feel the friendly atmosphere of this new Harvey's as they get to know their customers.

The store is located where the Great Hahira Pickin Bluegrass festival was held from 1980 to 1996.

In 2009, the store sponsored the return of the festival prior to breaking ground on the building.

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