Ashford seeing economic growth spurt amid pandemic

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ASHFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — While many towns and cities across the nation have struggling economies due to the pandemic, the town of Ashford has seen multiple businesses open up around town.

The mayor said this has been great for the economy.

“Ashford seems to be in a growth spurt and that’s great,” Ashford Mayor Carole Barfield said. “Of course it helps our tax base, but we’re just happy to see our businesses coming in and our buildings being filled.”

Two businesses recently opened during the pandemic and at least two more are expected to open up soon in Ashford.

One of those businesses expected to open soon is Smokes Sports Academy. A place for baseball training for teams around the area.

The owner believes this will help Ashford a lot.

“I hope it helps Ashford grow, and I hope it helps the youth sports grow, but not only Ashford, I’m hoping this can help a lot of high schools around here. We got Columbia, Ashford, and Cottonwood,” Smokes Sports Academy owner Ryan Love said. “Even on into Georgia with Seminole County.”

The mayor believes this will bring even more growth to Ashford with more people coming in.

Ashford is also looking to add a Jack’s soon as well as some new housing development.

Barfield believes Ashford has a bright future ahead.

“We looking for a lot of growth in the future and we just ask everybody to come to Ashford,” Barfield said. “Visit us first before you go to Dothan because we got it all.”

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