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December 26, 2005

Albany--Christmas is over, but retailers, large and small, continue to compete for your business. While store giants like Walmart and Target usually pose a serious threat to locally owned stores, one small business says that's not the case for them.

Locally owned Place on the Point might be small, but business certainly is not.

"We were just non-stopped packed everyday," says store manager, Honey Hanson.

Giant retailers can be a death sentence for mom and pop stores. But Hanson says it doesn't have to be. "Walmart and Target they're good at low prices, Place on the Point and other local stores they are great on diversity and uniqueness, and customer service," says Hanson.

"I like to promote the area," says frequent shopper, Guy Ray. Ray supports locally owned businesses and says you can't beat the relaxed atmosphere they provide.

"It's easier, you know, quieter, easier to shop in these types of stores easier to find things," says Ray.

To compete with the likes of Walmart or K-mart, locally owned stores must sell unique merchandise or services you can't find at the superstores.

"I found a fish bowl I bought for a white elephant party, and a Georgia Bulldog house coat which I haven't seen it in any of the other stores," says Ray.

"We have food products that are just from Georgia, that you might not be able to find in big department stores."

With variety, a friendly atmosphere and top notch customer service, this store is surviving competition from corporate giants.

Early estimates show shoppers spent nearly 440 Billion dollars this holiday.

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