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Hunting/Fishing retailer to close

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In the next 60 days a business that's been a part of Albany's business community for 22 years will close its doors and cease operation.

American Outdoor Adventures is going out of business, but not because sales have been poor.

Owner Charles Griffin said sales have only been off about 10%, but the tough economy has made it difficult to sell the business.

Since his partner died in November, the business has been too difficult to manage with Griffin's other business ventures. He'd like for the store to remain sporting goods, but can't seem to find a buyer interested.

"I think that the economy has any prospective buyers a little leery of coming into a business and trying to take it over," Griffin said. "We have some great lines in this business that I think would be really good tome come in and pick up some of the lines that we have."

Sales at the store have already begun but a closure date hasn't been set in stone. Griffin said he plans to write glowing recommendation for the store's four full time employees and half a dozen other part time employees, some who have been with the business since it started.

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