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Businesses Looking for Competitive Edge in Las Vegas
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LAS VEGAS -- More small businesses are starting to see a bounce back in the economy and some are adopting new strategies to draw in more customers and be competitive.

At the Desert Food Mart at Charleston and Jones Boulevard, you can fill up your gas tank, gamble, buy food or drink, and even get your letters or packages mailed without the long lines found at the post office.

"They say it's at least 200 to 300 extra people that will walk into the store because of the mailing," said Iqbal Hussein, owner of the Desert Food Mart.

This new partnership with the U.S. Postal Service will help Hussein's business which took a dive during the downturn.

"We felt it, big time. We lost a lot of customers from the neighborhood, and a lot of them moved out, and now because of this, we're going to see a lot of traffic coming back in," he said.

"It gives them an edge among other businesses. They have something, let's say, the gas station across the street doesn't have," said Tony Sequeira, retail manager, Nevada-Sierra District, United States Postal Service.

"I'm a student up the street at CSN, so if I can start paying bills and sending things out from here, it's a lot more convenient," said Jazmine Sandoval, customer.

Across town, Putter's Gaming Group has set its sights on Las Vegas Boulevard.

"It's on the south Strip. We think it's a great location. We are real excited about it," said Mike Berry, director of operations, Putter's Gaming Group.

Putter's will open its ninth neighborhood bar and grill location in time for Memorial Day weekend. With renovations in full scale, dozens of workers are staying busy, and 20 others will have new jobs as a result of the new location.

"The economy is still bit of a flux, but we're seeing a bunch. We're seeing it start to come back a little bit. Las Vegas is a very resilient tough town, and we know it will come back. We're very confident," said Berry.

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