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April 16, 2008

Albany--  Some downtown business owners are concerned about other businesses leaving the heart of the city but city leaders say they have plans for new businesses in the works.

This year, Harvest Moon relocated to Northwest Albany. Downtown Live Bar and Grill is also moving to Dawson Road and soon clothing store Envy will relocate.

Downtown Manager Don Buie says they've known about these relocations for some time. That's why they've been working hard to get replacements and fill empty store fronts.

"We have been working with developers to find the best in high issues for those three properties and I really firmly believe that we have those developers in place and we will make announcements when the time is appropriate," said Buie.

Buie is encouraged about some other plans he did share with us Wednesday. On North Jackson, Subway will expand next door into the empty Formal Etc. building. The city is also in talks with several developers.

Right now, they're in serious talks with a large entertainment company out of Miami to locate an upscale nightspot in the two storefronts left empty by Custom Interiors.  

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