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Luxury Items on hold

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Owners of businesses that sell luxury items are seeing a major slowdown. Fewer people are installing pools.

Hinman Pools has laid off one employee because of the downturn in business.  They hope to keep everyone else on staff by picking up repair work and selling pool chemicals. Ray Hinman said, "Typically in the last 10 years or so, we have managed to keep work all the way through the winter months, but right now, it has slowed down. We've probably taken a good 30% hit in our work."

Hinman says he typically gives repair work to sub-contractors, but while business is slow, his employees will take on those jobs to get them through the winter.