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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

November 28, 2008.

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Stores in northwest Albany were packed with day-after-Thanksgiving shoppers on Friday.

Even though the economy is struggling, there will be a lot of traffic in and around the mall.

But what about at stores that aren't in major retail centers? How will they do this holiday season?

It's not the mall, but strip malls around town want to see you this shopping season.

Small stores are trying to beef up their business.

"We had door busters this morning, we sold out of our Polo boots at about 7 o'clock, we tripled our sales," said William Simmons, Marty's Assistant Manager.

They have deals just like anywhere else.

"Not only did the big stores get it the little stores got it too," said Simmons.

They say many customers are also flocking to their stores.

With major retailers worried about holiday spending, smaller stores hope they'll fare better in the tough economy.

Seeing customers in his store Simmons hopes small businesses off the beaten path see the same traffic all season long.

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