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Restaurants suffer in economy

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The restaurant industry is suffering through this down economy.

As people try to save money by eating at home, many restaurants have seen their business decrease.

Valdosta continues to grow and that means new restaurants continue to open.

North Valdosta Road has had a little bit of boom lately. Monday Marco's Pizza opened and a few weeks ago McDonald's.

"While the nation seems to be experiencing much worse economic times, we're just hanging in there and doing what we know how to do and that's just keep our head up and keep moving forward," said Tim Jones, the Valdosta Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce incoming chairman.

For the metro Valdosta area, economists say the weak economic growth is expected through the first quarter of next year. But the tough economy didn't affect Marco's Pizza decision to locate here.

"We're close to subdivisions and we feel this is a great location," said Remi Tessier, a Marco's Pizza area representative and franchisee.

Sue Mossey lives in Hahira.

She likes that business seems to be growing in this part of the county.

"When you want to just run in and get something to eat, you don't have to go all the way into Valdosta," said Mossey.

 Like many folks we've talked to she has cut back on how much she goes out to eat.

"We do eat out once a week and try to save where we can," said Mossey.

 "Valdosta is vibrant and Valdosta is a fighting town," said Jones.

He says while it's tough, Valdosta will fight through the economy.

The franchisee of the Valdosta Marco's Pizza says he plans to open 11 stores in south Georgia including in Tifton, Moultrie and Fitzgerald.

Valdosta's is his fourth store.

 
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