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Pride of the Pine Belt: Sacks Outdoors

Pride of the Pine Belt: Sacks Outdoors Pride of the Pine Belt: Sacks Outdoors
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Longevity is often intangible for businesses these days, but Sacks Outdoors in downtown Hattiesburg  has made it through 61 years and is still going strong.

For just as many years businesses have come and gone in downtown Hattiesburg.

"The changes were meant to be I guess. People trying to find other sources other ways of making themselves feel new," said owner of Sacks Outdoors, David Sackler.

Sackler says he and his family never wanted to move the business anywhere else.

"I always thought downtown was the place for me," said Sackler. 

That dedication is exactly why the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association made Sackler the recipient of the inaugural "Making It Happen" award.

Sackler was born in Poland, and his family relocated to Mississippi in 1948. In 1951 Sackler's father started the family operation.

"It was spread from just a clothing store to a sporting good store. Now we have a variety of other items," said Sackler.

Now, a third generation of the Sackler family has taken over. David's son Aaron .

"It's been now five years," said Manager of Sacks Outdoors, Aaron Sackler.

Aaron says he truly loves the business and was honored when his father received well deserved recognition.

"He really put his heart and soul into Sacks and it has paid off, and it has stayed here. I think customers see that, ya know, he has had that relationship with customers. He has built loyalty and friendships. They expect to see him and that is what I'm trying to do," said Aaron.

David's other son Sam is hoping for more decades of Sacks Outdoors.

"Hopefully another 61 years. Hopefully, we will see fourth, fifth and sixth generations come along as well," said Sam Sackler.

Aside from longevity this family is also ambitious. Aaron has high hopes for another "Making It Happen" award.

"I hope that 61 years from now we get another one, and I  can give it to my son," said Aaron Sackler.

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