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Northport's business zone expands; city's campaign working

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  Northport's campaign to draw more people and businesses to the city may be working.  In an area where there are no businesses at the West End of Highway 82, a Pet Supermarket and Tuesday Morning plan to open in a vacant building.

   Mayor Bobby Herndon says, "That highway 82 corridor, there's pretty room for additional growth. 43 is wide open"

   Staples such as Northport  Auto Supply are riding the wave of the city's economic boost.  All of their delivery trucks bear the city's campaign stickers, 'Live Here, Shop Here, Grow Here.'  Manager Bryan Crow says, "Traffic going by, people going to these other new shops, new stores you know they see us. They hear about us."

  Many say you can tell the city's promotion is working by increased traffic on the main drag. "Especially with Big Lots, Hobby Lobby and the Tractor Supply," added Crow.

  Inside Northport Auto Supply, you hear a lot more tickets printing.  That's a good sign. "More people walk in because if they have car trouble, they come right by here and it helps with us being in between a lot of the big stores that have come to town."

  Mayor Herndon says that 's the goal and its by design. "I don't want Northport to be the place you drive through to get to your destination. I want Northport to be your destination."

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