ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany pastor's sermon Sunday to his congregation was that it may be the right time to step forward in faith and start a small business. He is practicing what he is preaching. While many large merchants are shutting down, the pastor has moved his store to take their place.
Shoppers are pouring into the G & W His and Hers Accessories and More, which has taken over the old Radio Shack location at the Albany Mall, after their company went bankrupt.
Bishop Frederick Williams' store is in the shadow of the Sears, which is soon closing as the old chain implodes.
Williams said "So as I see big giants coming down, we're in a midst of a wave of opportunity."
The lead pastor at Gethsemane Worship Center, Bishop Williams also ran a store on North Slappey for more than 2 years. But a week ago he moved to the Albany Mall, and said he has already seen his sales triple.
Williams said "So far it's been tremendous. We more than tripled our walk ins, and you see a lot of people coming in, and you see them coming back."
Bishop Williams preached Sunday that the people of his congregation should consider taking advantage of this opportunity, starting small businesses.
Williams said 'What I'm preaching is to really have faith. That every business started somewhere. No business started big. So I'm telling them to have faith."
Williams said his church will stand together to help their other members who start businesses. Investing in their community, and in themselves. He says he believes this type of growth can help solve some of the problems of poverty in Albany.