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Small business owners ponder Spring Hill's future

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People in the Spring Hill community are wondering, "what next", when it comes to the future of the GM Plant in their community.

During the Saturday morning rush at Darwin's Barber Shop in Spring Hill, there was a new topic of conversation with the usual chatter of holiday shopping still left to do.

"With the slowdown of the plant and the slowdown of the overall economy, people are just naturally going to be spending less.  That, along with added competition, there are just less dollars to be had out there," explained Darwin Bible.

He has been cutting hair for 20 years, two in the heart of Spring Hill, with customers like Dave Worley.

"Probably everyone in the community knows someone that works at that plant that will be affected by it," Worley told News 2.

Customers said they've watched Spring Hill morph into a bustling city over the past few years, thanks, in large part, to the General Motors plant, the area's largest employer.

"It's absolutely a huge deal," Worley continued.  "Obviously that was sort of what grew this whole town to be where it is today."

Mark Staffen is a regular at the barber shop.

He told News 2, "It brings a lot of revenue to the city and so certainly small business owners are going to have a much more difficult time competing as the economy tightens."

How much more of a difficult time remains to be seen.

Darwin said he tries to be optimistic about the future and take it one day at a time.

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