Fort Payne Hires Company To Help Recruit New Businesses

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) -- The city of Fort Payne is working with a company to bring business back to the area.

The downtown area in Fort Payne is historic and charming, but slowly businesses are leaving the city.

That's why the city hired a company to assist bringing new retail businesses in. "The city council engaged a company called Retail Strategies out of Birmingham, Alabama," City Clerk Andy Parker says, "This company specializes in assisting municipalities in the recruitment of retailed industry."

The company is contracted to help the city recruit businesses for three years at a cost of eighty thousand dollars.

Parker says the city budgeted for that.

He says the company's hiring is timely in light of another business closure.

An area Kmart has announced that it will be closing, and that closure is expected to take place in the near future. However, city leaders say they are confident with the newly hired company they will be able to put another business back in that building.

"The council felt like a company with this magnitude and this expertise will be of great assistance to recruit retail businesses that fit our demographic," Parker says.

He says other cities that employed the company were able to recruit enough businesses to make up the funds that were spent on its hiring.