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Hattiesburg officials say spend locally

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Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree says the hub city has something to brag about.

 "We have two Wal-Marts. We have I think every major chain when you talk about restaurants," said Mayor DuPree.

 Mayor DuPree, along with the business sector, is going into this holiday season hoping consumers can help boost our economy by spending locally.

 "Sometimes when you have the ability to move around you don't really respect what you already have and what we have here is a great way of life," said DuPree.

 Mayor DuPree says the hub city has grown tremendously every year.

 "Twenty years ago we were 24 square miles now we're 54 square miles, so we continue to expand and we continue to build on what we already have," DuPree added.

 Katie Townsend with the Area Development Partnership said shopping locally is a method preached by the partnership, especially with more small and large businesses coming to the area.

 "You really want to get out there and go to the local stores," said Townsend. "Even the larger chains and the franchises; those are people that work and live in our community and we'd like to support those folks as well."

 Townsend said data shows many Pinebelt citizens take heed to that message, but she said it also shows the city is pulling in a lot of shoppers from other cities.

 "If you look at our retail trade analysis from the area development partnership, it actually has hardcore numbers on where we pull our retail shoppers from," said Townsend

 Carol Sanders and Henry Welch are getting some of their Christmas shopping done earlier. They said they are keeping most of their shopping here in the hub city.

 "Everything is just close by and I think that it's just convenient for everybody to come shopping through here and I think it's a great place," said Sanders.

 "It seems like everybody is trying to bring business in and put things on sale for the good and it's really beneficial to us," said Welch.

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