Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
February 2, 2007
Albany -- Reviving downtown Albany as a major retail center isn't easy. It's been tough for many businesses to succeed. Now, more of them are either closing or relocating.
Former business owners say that downtown foot traffic isn't what it used to be since the Goodwill store moved. It attracted a lot of people downtown who would then stop at the other specialty stores to shop. Without those shoppers coming downtown, many businesses are struggling, and many have been forced to close.
Business owner Stephen Bradford is happy to have his store Biobuzz on Slappey Boulevard, after an attempt to co-own a specialty shop downtown failed.
"You would think it would be a prime place, but we found that without the traffic, the walking traffic that's needed down there. There's no customers to come in," said Stephen Bradford.
His Broad Avenue shop Ocean Gypsy closed for good back in October. Many other store owners shared his struggles. Skywater, Hubble's, Alley Cat, Popcorn in the Park, Georgia Fries, Jackson Street Antiques, and Amelia's Market, are all on the list of recent closures.
Chamber of Commerce President Tim Martin says these closures are because downtown is cycling through a slow time, but he expects the area to boom with business again one day.
"Downtown is not fully developed yet, and because it's not fully developed yet some of the synergies that are present in other locations around town aren't here yet," said Tim Martin.
Former downtown business owners say business began hurting after the Goodwill Store left its Broad Avenue location.
"When Goodwill was there, there was traffic, there was foot traffic, people walking around, people shopped at all the different shops when they come down to go to Goodwill," said Bradford.
His downtown venture only lasted six months, and he won't have his shop there again, unless he sees downtown attracting the people needed for a successful business.
The Chamber of Commerce president says developing downtown is ongoing, and he believes businesses will move back with much success. But for now the setbacks for these businesses outweigh the positives, forcing many to leave, turning our downtown into streets with empty buildings.
Some retailers say reviving downtown Albany as a cultural district may help bring business back downtown. Right now there are plans to expand the Civil Rights Museum and Thronateeska Heritage Center, and the Albany Museum of Art wants to make the Holman Mule Barn its new home.