TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — Across the country, businesses big and small are having to close shop due to a variety of economic difficulties, but is this affecting business in Troy?
“I have seen businesses come and go, but currently I am seeing them come,” said Fuse Coffee owner Adam Vinson. “I think in small midsized cities there is a huge push to revitalize downtown areas, and I think that’s something that Troy’s catching up to.”
Fuse is not the only business that continues to thrive in downtown Troy. For the first time in several years, city officials say every building on the downtown square is home to a business.
Just down the road in Brundidge, there are abandoned buildings without businesses in them. However, one resident told TrojanVision that doesn’t the economy is suffering.
“It seems like it’s doing a little bit better,” said Brundidge Business Association President Jason Lee. “Everything kinda got shaken up during the pandemic, and it made a lot of people reevaluate what they want in their lives, so it’s kinda pushing us to be more individual oriented and less about ‘how do we get a big grocery store here in Brundidge.’”
Local business owners say consumers can help the local economy by choosing to shop locally instead of online or at large retail shops.