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Alabama Retailers Optimistic About Future

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - "It's been a little slow, but it's picking back up." That's how Tina Jacobs describes how business has been throughout the recession.  She's the store manager at the Crate in Phenix City.

The Crate shut down its Columbus locations and the Phenix City store is now under new management.

It opened more than 20 years ago as the company's fourth store in the country.  Jacobs says she thinks that has lot to do with its survival during the slow economy.

"Our store is in a great location on the 280 bypass, so people will see signs and things like that and it catches their attention and draws them to our stores," says Jacobs.

Isaic Lamer is also hoping to capture the attention of passers by.

"Well, I've always wanted to open my own restaurant, cafe.  Just tired of working for other people, wanted to do something for myself," says Lamer.

He's taking a leap of faith and opening up a new coffee house and restaurant despite the recession.

"I think we're coming out of it, so I think we'll just, I'll hope for the best."

Lamer is planning to open what will soon become the Grasshopper Café at the beginning of October.  It's located on 13th Street in Phenix City, near the intersection of 13th and Broad. 

It'll be a coffee house with simple sandwiches and salads on the menu.

"Trying to pick up the business folks for the daytime, early morning, while they're going in to work downtown, maybe the students in the afternoon for after class," explains Lamer of his strategy, one he's hoping will pay off.

"Need to get the money out there so we can generate business, that's the only way to get out of this," Lamer adds.

"Everybody's just trying to adjust to the way things are going in the economy, you know getting out and spending a little bit of money might help so, I know it helps us," says Jacobs.

Alabama Governor Bob Riley declared Tuesday as Retail Day across the state.  He urged consumers to get out and support local businesses.



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