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12/19/07

More Soldiers Means More Business for Hinesville Shops

A large part of the clientele at the Over Coffee shop are in uniform. A large part of the clientele at the Over Coffee shop are in uniform.

HINESVILLE, GA--The Army announced today close to 4,000 soldiers will be coming to town and bringing their families as part of a base increase and that's going to mean more customers at Hinesville businesses.

Even with most of Fort Stewart's soldiers in Iraq right now, a large part of the clientele at the Over Coffee shop are in uniform. "A lot of the customers are military but even more important their wives, husbands and kids all come here, frequent the business," said manager Drew Cole.

He runs one of the few locally owned cafes in town. Cole hopes he'll be making more lattes when the new soldiers move to Hinesville. "We are very excited about that," he said. "We've heard rumors that that might be happening and now that it is we are very excited, we need more room."

Janet Knox owns the hair salon next door. "I just heard it on the news today," said Knox.

A quarter of her business comes from Fort Stewart soldiers. She hopes the additional troops not only help her shop, but spark more growth in the area.

"I figure it will probably just be more changes, changes, changes. I'm looking forward to a mall, if anyone is hearing this," she said. "But I think it's going to be good for the town."

Four thousand more troops and their families. Just think of all the hair cuts and cups of coffee.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter, mpaynter@wtoc.com

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