ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (WECT) – Business is booming in Elizabethtown, according to Town Manager Eddie Madden.
Sales have increased by 15 percent in Elizabethtown since the town's revitalization program in 2010. About 50 percent of those sales are from customers outside of Bladen County.
Business owners say, they have the small town charm but without the high prices, which is why they are seeing such a boost in sales.
"You don't have to go to Atlanta or Charlotte or Raleigh. We have all the brands here and we don't have high prices," said Ricky Leinwand, owner of Leinwand's Inc.
Chamber of Commerce Director, Dawn Maynard says a combination of the town's ad campaign, revitalization program have helped bring in shoppers from out of town.
She says parking convenience, one stop shopping, and small town customer service is responsible for the boost in sales.
In just the past few months, eight new businesses have opened in Elizabethtown.
"When you drive through a town, you don't want to see empty store fronts. Here in Elizabethtown, we don't have that," said Maynard.
Only two store fronts are vacant: the recently closed Front Porch Restaurant, and one other building. The town manager says there are already offers to buy the property.
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