Macon businesses affected after the closure of another store
MACON, Georgia – In June, 13WMAZ reported the closure of nearly 100 Sears Hometown stores. However, the Macon site remained open for its customers. However, there was a change of plans.
Store owner Kenny Johnson told 13WMAZ he was retiring. This means that there will be only two Hometown stores left in the Central Georgia region. One is in Dublin and the other is in Sandersville. This store joins a list of other stores that were once open at the Eisenhower Crossing Mall.
“Kroger, Target, Best Buy, and then the others came along,” said Dr. Ronald Amsterdam of AVS Animal Hospital.
Amsterdam has been in Macon for 28 years. He opened the veterinary clinic in 2002. He says the area was a frenzy of opening up businesses back then a decade ago and now it’s not the same. He is not the only one to have seen stores close.
“It’s just the natural progression of shopping and anything moving north out of town,” Guitar Center store manager Mark Griffith said.
Griffith has worked at this store since they opened and has worked his way up to management. He says Guitar Center is needed in Macon and they have no plans to leave.
“We don’t have a lot of other shopping around us, so we don’t have a lot of traffic. We’re kind of a destination store where we don’t have a lot of competition as far as musical instruments are in town. “said Griffith.
From offering musical instrument lessons to gift cards, it helps attract more customers. Where the company is located, only a salon and a gym complex remain. Dr. Amsterdam agrees that incentives can help.
“These kind of little things to keep you going. You might not be making a lot, but you’re getting the clients coming,” Dr. Armstrong said.