Small businesses' slow recovery could mean trouble for small towns

Sunday, July 1, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

FULTON — Small businesses have been slow to recover here, as they have in many small towns across the country. Fulton's downtown, which spans little more than six city blocks and clings to the brick streets of its more vibrant youth, has more than a dozen empty storefronts. The ongoing problem here has not been business closures so much as finding new ones to fill the void, said Tom Riley, a local attorney and the commissioner of the Downtown Fulton Brick District Association.