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An economic boost for Americus

October 2, 2003

Americus-- A big boost to Americus' economy, "People going to Albany and Cordele and shopping at their Fred's now we have one in Americus and they can stay here."

Two national stores have opened their doors this week. While many smaller towns are experiencing store closings, two national chains are opening stores in Americus this week. Fred's and Goody's are both celebrating their grand openings.

"Hi welcome to Goody's."

Goody's District Manager Brian Nolan says, "We just love this part of America, small town America."

And Americus loves Goody's. Shopper Yaketha Brown says, "I ran in here as soon as I could because I wanted to catch all the sales."

Down the street, Fred's is keeping busy. Store Manager Constance Harris says, "Actually we served 2,586 customers yesterday." Fred's grand opening was Wednesday. Shopper Christy Harper says, "Oh yes, it's very exciting to have these kind of businesses to come to Americus, finally, we needed some new businesses to come in and everything."

This is a milestone for Americus--two national stores opening their doors back-to-back. Happy customers don't even mind the long lines, "It's okay because everybody is so nice, it doesn't matter."

What matters is that customers say they plan to shop more in Americus--good news for a slumping economy. Goody's District Manager says the company is opening clothing stores in smaller towns, where their stores are most profitable.

Posted at 6:00 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com