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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 18, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Cooper Tire's closure will affect more than just workers at the plant, small businesses across south Georgia will feel it, too.

The Shoe Box has a contract with Cooper to provide work shoes for employees through a company reimbursement. They say, the closure of Cooper will be just as hard on them and they will have to be creative and redefine their business.

"We've had to try new things and offer new products and get involved in categories of footwear we haven't been involved in before and call on plantations, and farms, and fire departments, and police departments to try and pick some of that up," said Bob Mulford, the Shoe Box Owner.

Like the Shoe Box, restaurants too say they'll feel the pinch and likely lose as much as five percent of their sales.

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