New Businesses Booming In Tough Economy

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Brian Moushon has opened up three restaurants in the past 10 months. He most recently set up shop on University Avenue where he opened up a Marco's Pizza. No he's not giving us his secret recipe, but we do want to know the secret to staying afloat in this dwindling economy.

"I have been told by a number of people have you thought about what you're going and the answer is yes. I I have. Business is good. There are some aspects of the recession showing, but if you execute well and make smart business decisions you can survive in this market," he says.

Moushon says he's had to be more creative in his marketing,g oing door to door with coupons and even sending out text messages to college students. They bring their phones in, show the text and get a deal.

"You've got to reach out. You got to get it in their mouths. Tasting is believing," says Moushon.

And business is also sizzling for Muhammad, the owner of Shark's Chicago Style Fish and Chicken in Columbus.

"A lot of people love the food and say this is the best in the area," he says.

"We're jammed packed during the week and on the weekends with the late night crowd," says Shelley Sheree.

Both restaurants owners say they plan to expand their business. Mushon plans to open another Marco's Pizza in Auburn by fall. Muhaammad tells us he's opening up another Shark's in Phenix City in the upcoming months.