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Retail opening in Albany promotes economic growth

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Ashley Furniture Store celebrated its opening Thursday.

The space was previously occupied by a vacant Circuit City for five years as the chain went bankrupt. Albany real estate agent Jayme Cobb was happy to see a prime piece of empty commercial real estate finally get filled.

"Anytime a business is in our community no matter what it is, we want it to do well," Cobb said. "Great for the economy in terms of creating new jobs."

The store plans on initiating several partnerships with those companies, encouraging consumers to do business with each of them.

"Tthrough the community partnership, we encourage people to spend there money locally that way the dollars stay in our community," said Liz Quinn. "Which of course generates more jobs."

There are a number of Ashley Home Furnitures throughout the state but management specifically targeted Albany and now surrounding communities have another reason to shop in the city.

"Albany is like the shopping mecca for Southwest Georgia just on any given weekend, you will see a lot of different people from different communities in the Southwest Georgia area," Cobb said. "I think this is just going to benefit, going to further strengthen our economy as a whole."

The store will hold its official grand opening event May 2.

 

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