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Albany-based retail chain closing

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  After more than 30-years in business, an Albany-based retail chain is shutting down.

The Crate has ten clothing stores in Georgia and Alabama, all liquidating merchandise.

The owner said the economy is partly to blame, but she also claims the business climate in Albany is a problem.

"Our stores in Dougherty County contributed more loss to our bottom line than any of our other stores. We moved our Dawson road store to Lee County and we're doing great, it's unfortunate we've had to make the decision to close our doors. In Lee County we're able to do signage, able to put road signs, and hand out flyers in the community," said Laurie Saunders, The Crate, Owner.

The Albany Economic Development Commission says the city does its best to support all businesses.

"The economy is bad every where it's not just America, Georgia, or Dougherty County, it's globally," said Barbara Rivera Holmes, Dougherty Economic Development Council.

They say Albany is still the business hub of South Georgia.

"This kind of economy can present opportunities and what you're finding is there are businesses that are making a go of it," said Holmes.

About 50 Crate employees will lose their jobs. The Lee County location will be the last one to close.

That should happen in the next few weeks.

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