Downtown Albany business closing, another preparing to open

Downtown Albany business closing, another preparing to open

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As one Downtown Albany business closes another gets ready to open.

Thursday night bargain hunters found great deals at a going out of business sale that will benefit a non-profit group.

Verge on Washington Street is shutting down. All the proceeds from their final sales will help the Boys and Girls Club.

It's not every day you can buy a pair of jeans or a suit for one dollar.

"Its fun to hunt and go to thrift stores and try and find something," said Jaborree Riggins, customer.

Verge was open for nearly four years. After the previous management moved away, the owners couldn't find a replacement.

"The owners of the building have tried to find a management company that could run this type of business, but it's been pretty tough trying to find someone so they have a new tenant coming in," said B.J. Fletcher.

So they are shutting down and selling everything for next to nothing.

"We have some pretty cool accessories left, along with clothing, and I'd like to reach out to the people that own the consignment shops. We got some very expensive racks that's going at a real good price, " continued Fletcher.

The proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club.

"We reached out to the families of the boys and girls club and told them to come get some outfits and it's just a special group. A lot of those kids they couldn't come in here and buy something for a dollar, and whatever we make, if it will make their Easter happier, then it's worth it."

But as one business closes, another opens next door in the old Daily Bread location. Fit Nation Owner Quincey Davis is selling gym memberships now, hoping to cater to people in the downtown area.

"It's hard when you get off work to go home and get your things, go to the gym, by the time you do that, your day is done, and your day is spent. If you're like me, have kids, by the time you get home you just want to stay at home,: said Davis.

City Commissioner BJ Fletcher is optimistic more businesses will open downtown.

"We sort of hit that dip, and people branch out when you hit that dip, and it looks like we are sort of coming back because a lot of the stores are being filled,” said Fletcher.

The owners wouldn't tell us what new tenant will replace Verge.

If you didn't get a chance to hit the sale today, the store will be open again Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

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