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Retail business supports many jobs in Albany

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

 

People are protesting across the country, upset about their pay and benefits in the retail industry.

In Albany, Chick-Fil-a employs about 150 people at three locations. Owner Anna Wari says they offer many incentives to retain employees.

"We do tuition assistance for books and we do full scholarships for our managers. We have several who are working on graduate degrees. We do profit sharing," says Human Resources Director Anna Wari.

She says the retail Industry is a great gateway into the job market.

" We think this is a great way for them to come in and learn how to conduct themselves, whether they want to stay with Chick-Fil-a, and some of them do want to stay with Chick-Fil-a, or they want to move on to a different field. We have people in the medical field who got their start with us. We have people who have gone off into the military who got their start with us," says Wari.

Ted Clem is the president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, and says retail supports a lot of jobs in Albany.

"There is a very high unemployment rate among young people. Young people may be going to school or things like that, and retail offers that part time employment that many people are seeking," says Ted Clem, President of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

Retail supports one in four American jobs. Experts say some reasons why those jobs aren't very popular is because often times they're part time, and don't come with very many benefits.

"It is a truth that there is not as many full time jobs and lot of time benefits are not the same with retailers, but they are still good jobs that many people are seeking," says Clem.

In Georgia, there's more than 115,000 retail establishments.

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